Winter 2008

2009 Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops

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

Confinement site manure applicators are required by law to be certified to 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 2009 to help applicators meet certification requirements.  The focus of this year’s programming will include land application rules, separation distances for land application of manure, valuing and selling manure, road and equipment safety and ISU’s new fact sheet on manure management planning.

Dry Manure Applicator Certification WorkshopsConfinement site applicators should plan to attend one of the workshops listed to meet their certification requirements or to renew their licenses. Click here to see the list of workshop dates and locations. In addition to the confinement site workshops, ISU Extension will also offer five dry manure workshops, see Table 1.

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 totally roofed (confinement) housing are also reminded if they have more than 500 animal units (500 beef cows, 357 dairy mature dairy cows 1,250 swine ) they also need to be certified to handle, transport or apply manure from these facilities.

To confirm workshop locations and exact times, or to determine meeting options in the event of bad weather, please call the county extension office where you plan to attend the workshop.  Registration is not required for these meetings, but you may wish to contact the extension office to ensure there will be adequate space and training materials available.

If you can’t attend one of these workshops and you need to attend training, please schedule time at your county extension 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.

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