Odor and Nutrient Management Newsletter

May 1999

Manure Applicators to be Certified

by Tracy Peterson, extension communications

A new law passed by the Iowa Legislature requires all manure applicators to be certified by October 1.

Manure applicators may be certified by passing a written exam or attending a certification workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension.

The law defines specifically commercial manure applicators and confinement site applicators. (See related story) A series of three-hour certification workshops is being offered for commercial applicators. A series of two-hour certification workshops is being offered for confinement site applicators. The certification workshops will be taught by ISU Extension specialists.

After the initial certification requirements are met, commercial applicators may maintain their certification in following years by attending three hours of continuing instruction each year or taking an exam. The certification fee for commercial applicators is $50 every year.

Once confinement site applicators meet the initial certification requirement, which is valid for three years, they may maintain their certification in following years by attending two hours of continuing instruction each year or taking an exam every three years. The certification fee for confinement site applicators is $50 every three years.

ISU Extension also is offering study guides for commercial applicators and confinement site applicators. The study guides, which cost $20, may be purchased at local county Extension offices or ordered from ISU Extension Distribution.

For information about becoming certified by taking the exam rather than by attending workshop, please contact one of the following Department of Natural Resources field offices:

Field Office 1, Manchester, (319) 927-2640
Field Office 2, Mason City, (515) 424-4073
Field Office 3, Spencer, (712) 262-4177
Field Office 4, Atlantic (712) 243-1934
Field Office 5, Des Moines, (515) 281-9069
Field Office 6, Washington, (319) 653-2135

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