Results of the 2006 Manure Applicator Certification Program
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By Rachel Klein, Iowa State University Extension Program Specialist
The following is a summary of evaluations completed by manure applicators during the statewide manure applicator training workshops and video sessions held between January and June 2006. At the end of each workshop, commercial and confinement site applicators were asked to complete an evaluation of the program. The applicators were asked to rate the workshop and also were asked if they had or would adopt the practices recommended during the training. The applicators also were asked if they had adopted the recommended practices from the previous year.
The 2006 Commercial Manure Applicator program focused on: analyzing hauling and pumping charges based on distances and service, working with employees to address health issues concerning manure application and adjusting application rates based on soil infiltration capacity. The state rules for land application also were discussed.
Between January and June, Iowa State University Extension reported 598 commercial manure applicators attended a workshop or watched a video, while a total of 670 applicators returned evaluations after their training. Of those applicators, 439 attended the satellite workshop held on January 6, 2006 and 231 applicators watched a video of the satellite uplink.
The 2006 Confinement Site program concentrated on the development and implementation of a manure sampling plan, feed management plans to address manure nutrient levels and air quality concerns, best management plans, such as biofilters to address air quality concerns and state rules to land applying manure. During the months of January through June, Iowa State University Extension reported 1,322 Confinement Site applicators attended training. Of those Confinement Site applicators, 1,295 returned their evaluations; 1,175 applicators attended a workshop, and 120 watched a video in an ISU Extension Office.
Workshops for the 2006 Iowa Manure Applicator Certification program have been completed, but confinement site and commercial applicators still needing to meet their annual certification requirements can schedule appointments to watch video training through the local county extension office or can schedule an appointment with their local Iowa Department of Natural Resources field office to take the certification exam.