2002 Manure applicator certification training
by Angela Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy
Program planning for the 2002 Manure Applicator Certification program is currently underway. Both confinement site and commercial manure applicators should plan now to attend a training session in January or February 2002.
Due to changes in the program rules as administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, commercial applicators should be aware that a universal expiration date became effective in July 2001. All commercial applicators with certificates that expire on December 31, 2001, need to attend training and submit their application forms and fees before March 1, 2002, or be assessed a late fee. Commercial applicators with certificates that expire between January 1 and June 30, 2002, need to attend 3 hours of annual training before the expiration date on their certificate. If they receive their 2002 training, and submit the application form and appropriate fee, their expiration date will be extended to December 31, 2002.
All commercial manure applicators are encouraged to attend the Satellite Downlink program scheduled for January 8, 2002. The 3-hour program, as required by law, will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact your local extension office for a list of extension offices that will be hosting the program. Program registration brochures will be mailed to all currently certified commercial applicators in December 2001. Commercial applicators should be aware that availability of videotape training between January 1 and March 1, 2002, is not guaranteed at this time and applicators are encouraged to attend the satellite downlink.
Confinement site manure applicators also need to be aware of the universal expiration date that will start for most applicators in December 2002. Confinement site applicators with certificates that expire between January 1 and December 31, 2002, will need to attend 2 hours of training before the expiration date on their certificates. If they received their 2002 training before their expiration date, their certificates will be extended to December 31, 2002, with no additional fee.
After current certificates expire, confinement site applicators can begin the 3-year cycle of training again. Under the new universal expiration date, they will have a 60-day grace period after their certificate expiration, until March 1, to receive their annual training or pass a test. Renewal certificate applications postmarked after March 1 will be assessed a late fee.
Confinement site applicators are encouraged to attend one of the training workshops listed in the table below. Contact your local extension office for more details.
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