Winter 2006

Commercial Manure Applicator Training for 2007

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By Angela Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

Commercial Manure Applicator TrainingIowa State University (ISU) Extension, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), will offer a satellite downlink program on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 for the commercial manure applicators. This program will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the program concludes at noon. You must be registered and in your seat by 9 a.m. when the program begins. This program will provide the mandated three hours of annual training for commercial manure service representatives and business managers. All currently certified commercial applicators must attend training and submit forms prior to March 1, 2007 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 Feb. 2007.  For this reason you are encouraged to attend the satellite program on Jan. 5, 2007.

Currently certified commercial applicators will receive a registration brochure containing workshop dates and locations in mid-December 2006.  Please register for the workshop by Dec. 29. If you do not receive a brochure, you may access a brochure at: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/certification/07commmacbrochure.pdf.

Applicator workshops for dry poultry manure applicators will be held on:

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 9:00 a.m. Sac County Extension Office, Sac City
  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:00 a.m. Adair County Extension Office in Greenfield
  • Feb. 20, 2007, 9:00 a.m. Washington County Extension Office in Washington
  • Feb. 23, 2007, 9:00 a.m. Heartland Museum in Clarion
  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:00 a.m. Branding Iron Restaurant in Thompson.

The dry poultry workshops will be 3 hours long and will meet the certification requirements for both confinement and commercial manure applicators.

Commercial applicators needing 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. 5 in either Nobles or Mower County Minnesota.  There are no sites in Iowa offering joint training in 2006. In addition to the Iowa and Minnesota sites, the downlink will also be offered in Boone County, Nebraska and Grant County, Wisconsin.

If you can’t attend the satellite program on Jan. 5, you must schedule an appointment to watch the training video at your local county Extension office. If attending the 3-hour training is inconvenient for you, please make an appointment at your regional DNR field office to take the exam to meet the certification requirements.

 

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