Commercial Applicator Training for 2006
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By Angela Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), will offer a satellite downlink program on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, for commercial manure applicators. The program will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12 noon. Participants must be registered and in their seats by 9 a.m. when the program begins. This program will provide the mandated three hours of annual training required of commercial manure service representatives and business managers. All currently certified commercial applicators must attend training and submit forms prior to March 1, 2006, to avoid paying late fees.
Commercial manure service representatives and mangers may also meet certification requirements by contacting their regional IDNR field office and scheduling an appointment to take the exam or by scheduling an appointment at their county extension office to watch the training video. Because the training tapes are an edited version of the three-hour satellite program and must be duplicated and sent to county offices, ISU Extension can’t guarantee the training tapes will be available for training prior to mid-February 2006. For this reason you are encouraged to attend the satellite program on Jan. 6, 2006. Currently certified commercial applicators will receive a registration brochure in mid-December 2005. If you do not receive a brochure, you may access a brochure at http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/certification/06commmacbrochure.pdf.
Applicator workshops for dry manure applicators will be held on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Branding Iron in Thompson; Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Adair County Extension Office in Greenfield; and Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Extension office in Clarion. These workshops will be three hours in length, will focus on dry manure issues, and will meet training requirements for both confinement site and commercial manure applicators.
Commercial applicators who need to be certified in both Iowa and Minnesota can meet requirement for each state by attending one of the joint training sessions held on Jan. 6, 2006, in either Nobles County or Mower County Minnesota. There are no sites in Iowa offering joint training in 2006.
You must register for the program you plan to attend. You can access the registration form by visiting the web page listed above, or by requesting a copy of the brochure and registration form from your local Iowa State University County Extension office.