Annual Commercial Manure Applicator Certification Offered on January 7, 2009
By Rachel Klein, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
Iowa State University Extension in cooperation with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will be providing the 2009 Commercial Manure Applicators Certification satellite uplink. The satellite uplink will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at 72 county extension offices. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 12:00 noon. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by Dec. 31, 2008, with the county extension office where they plan to attend.
The program will comply with the three hours of annual training required by IDNR. This year’s program will include: rules, record keeping, separation distances, hydrogen sulfide safety issues, road and equipment safety issues, economics of hauling manure, and management practices for winter application of manure. Any commercial manure applicator wishing to recertify or any new applicators wanting to get certified are encouraged to attend the satellite uplink.
As a reminder for those currently certified commercial manure applicators, your license will expire on March 1, 2009. To keep your license current, please send in your forms and fees to the IDNR prior to March 1, 2009, to avoid paying the late charge of $12.50.
Applicators who cannot attend the Jan. 7 satellite downlink, have a choice of scheduling an appointment with a county extension office to watch the video at a later date, or scheduling an appointment with the local IDNR field office to take the test to meet the certification requirements.
Commercial manure applicators must work for only one commercial manure service or business. The commercial manure business license fee is $200; this includes the manager’s certification fee. All persons engaged in transporting, handling, storing or applying manure for a business must be certified. Any person working for the business and not the manager, is considered a representative. This certification fee is $75. Both the manager and representatives must pay an additional education fee of $25 for training or to take the exam. All fees go to the IDNR.
There will also be training available in the following locations in Nebraska and Wisconsin:
Boone County, Nebraska (402) 395-2158, in Albion, Nebraska;
Chippewa County, Wisconsin (715) 726-7950, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin;
Grant County, Wisconsin (608) 723-2525, in Lancaster, Wisconsin; and
Rock County, Wisconsin (608) 757-5696, in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Please call the extension office you will be attending for additional information.
For those applicators who apply dry manure, there are five workshops offered in February which focus on dry manure issues. Please see table 1 for more information.
For more information on the Manure Applicator Certification program, please visit the Iowa Manure Management Action Web site http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html or the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Web site http://www.iowadnr.gov/afo/appcert.html.