2008 Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops
By Angela Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
Confinement site manure applicators are required by law to be certified to haul, handle, transport or apply manure from any confinement facility with more than 500 animal units. Iowa State University Extension will offer workshops in January and February 2008 to help applicators meet certification requirements. The focus of this year’s programming will include the applicator rules, mortality management, and emergency action response. Confinement site applicators should plan to attend one of the workshops listed in the table to meet their certification requirements or to renew their licenses. In addition to the 80 workshops listed in Table 1, ISU Extension will also offer five dry manure workshops. These dry manure workshops are identified in Table 2.
Due to the expansion of deep-bedded barns for beef production in Iowa, producers who raise dairy and beef in these types of housing or other types of confined housing are also reminded if they have more than 500 animal units (500 beef cows or 357 mature dairy cows) they also need to be certified to haul, handle, transport or apply manure from these facilities.
For exact workshop locations and to confirm exact times or to determine meeting options in the event of bad weather, please call the ISU Extension County office where you plan to attend the workshop. Registration is not required for these meetings, but you may wish to contact the ISU Extension County office to ensure there will be adequate space and training materials available. There are no fees to attend these workshops except where denoted.
If you can’t attend one of these workshops and you need to attend training, please schedule time at your local ISU Extension County office to watch the training videotape. Due to scheduling conflicts, many offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these tapes. If you can’t attend the training, please contact your regional Iowa Department of Natural Resources field office to schedule an appointment to take the exam.