Commercial Manure Applicator Workshop Offered Jan. 4
By Karen Grimes, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Commercial manure applicators can fulfill their annual training requirement Jan. 4 at nearly 80 Iowa State University Extension County offices. The training will be downlinked via satellite from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and applicators must attend the entire training to become certified.
For out-of-state applicators, training also is offered in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Unlike past years, there will not be joint Minnesota-Iowa training offered this year. Applicators that apply in both states will need to take training specific to each state to become certified. And for poultry and other dry manure applicators, there will be five sessions on dry manure offered from Feb. 11 to 22. See Table 2, pg 6 for more details.
Applicators and commercial managers also may take the training by watching a videotape at their local ISU Extension County office. Tapes will be available by early February.
Or, the training requirements can be met by passing an exam at one of the DNR field offices.
Whether by training or exam, applicators need to make an appointment to watch a video or take an exam. Many ISU Extension and DNR offices cannot accept walk-ins. It is also wise to register for the Jan. 4 training to ensure that adequate materials and space are available. Currently certified commercial applicators should receive a registration brochure in the mail in mid-December.
Commercial applicators need to be certified prior to applying manure, unless they have never been certified before. In that case, new employees may apply manure within sight and sound of a certified applicator during the first 30 days of employment.
Fees and Deadlines
Commercial applicators must work for a commercial manure service or the business can be a sole proprietorship. The business license fee of $200 includes the certification fee of one business manager. All persons engaged in transporting, handling, storing or applying manure for the business must be certified. The certification fee is $75. The manager and any employees, agents or contractors must pay an additional $25 education fee for the training or to take the exam.
The business and the commercial applicators’ certificates expire on March 1 annually. A $12.50 late fee is charged for applications received after that date.
More information is available on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group’s Web site at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/maccma.html. Information on requirements for land application is available on the DNR Web site at http://www.iowadnr.gov/afo/index.html.