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Notice of Draft Permit Issued by Ohio Department of Agriculture

LDT Keller Farms, LLC Draft Permit to Operate Renewal General overview of the farm LDT Keller Farms, LLC is an existing dairy located at 841 Burkettsville-St. Henry Road in Ft. Recovery, Ohio which is in Mercer County, Granville Township, situated in the Upper Wabash Watershed. The farm is owned and operated by LDT Keller Farms, LLC. This draft permit is a renewal of the existing PTO and does not include any expansion of animals or manure storage. It would be valid for a period of 5 years, at which time it would have to be renewed. The existing dairy has a permitted design capacity of 1,030 mature dairy cows and 587 heifers. Manure storage at the facility consists of two solid manure storage structures capable of storing approximately 134,000 cubic feet, which provides about 240 days of storage for solids. The liquid manure is stored in either a 4.4 million gallon concrete tank or a 9.8 million gallon manure storage pond. Combined, these two liquid storage structures provide approximately 380 days of storage. Overview of Draft Permit to Operate Within the draft Permit to Operate (PTO), a complete manure management plan is provided, which outlines inspections and monitoring that must be completed by the facility. The estimated annual manure production for the facility is 13.4 million gallons of liquid manure from the cows, milking center wastewater and contaminated runoff that is collected. In addition, approximately 5,942 tons of solid manure would be generated annually, consisting of manure from the dry cows, heifers and other young stock housed at the dairy. LDT Keller Farms has approximately 1,170 acres of crop land available for the land application of the manure. Crops grown on these acres include corn (grain and silage), wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, ryelage and sudex. An Insect and Rodent Control Plan is included to minimize the presence and negative effects of insects and rodents. The facility performs daily and weekly inspections throughout the facility for flies and rodents. These inspection results are used to determine if the facility is required to perform treatment for insect or rodents based on the criteria set forth in the permit. A Mortality Management Plan is required for disposal of dead livestock. Approved methods of disposal are burying, landfilling, burning, rendering and composting. LDT Keller Farms will continue to utilize rendering and landfilling as their methods of mortality disposal. An Emergency Response Plan is required to ensure accidents or emergencies are handled quickly and efficiently to maintain the safety of the environment, wildlife and water supplies. In case of an emergency or accident, the names and phone numbers of contact personnel and equipment are listed. Finally, an Operating Record is included that provides all forms and information that must be maintained by the facility to show compliance with ODA’s rules and the permit. These records include inspection of the manure storage structures, manure characterization, land application, insect and rodent control, distribution and utilization of manure, and mortality management. The facility and these records are inspected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to ensure compliance. PUBLIC NOTICE Date of Notice: May 10, 2017 Name and address of facility: LDT Keller Farms, LLC 841 Burkettsville-St.Henry Rd. Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846 Name and address of applicant: LDT Keller Farms, LLC 841 Burkettsville-St.Henry Rd. Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846 In accordance with OAC rule 901:10-6-01, public notice is hereby given that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting comments on a draft Permit to Operate (PTO) renewal for the facility called “LDT Keller Farms, LLC” which is located at 841 Burkettsville- St. Henry Rd. Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846 in Mercer County, Granville Township, in the Upper Wabash Watershed. If the final permit is issued, the PTO would be valid for five years. Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470. Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting. Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. June 9, 2017. Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled. The Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting maintains an “interested parties” list for each Ohio county and well as a statewide list for notification of all draft permits. If you would like to be added to either or both of these lists, please send a request to or call 614-387-0470