Manure Applicator Certification Program Evaluations

Rachel Klein, P&S, Agronomy
 

Situation
 
House File 2494 passed in 1998 and required commercial manure applicators and confinement site livestock producers, of a certain size, to be certified to land apply manure in the state of Iowa .  With this ruling, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was designated the regulatory agency and Iowa State University Extension was designated to provide the educational and training portion of the certification program. 
 
Objective
 
The objective was to find out if commercial manure service representatives and confinement site applicators adopted manure management practices due to the certification training they received in the previous year from Iowa State University Extension. 
 
Activities/Output
 
In 2004, the commercial applicators were asked if they planned to adopt an emergency action plan or a spill kit to prepare for manure spills.  They were also asked if they were planning on adopting the practice of meeting application rates as required by manure/nutrient management plans.  These questions were asked again in the 2005 training to see if they had adopted the practices.  In the 2004, the commercial manure applicators program had a total of 734 evaluations sent in.  In 2005 there were a total of 691 evaluations sent in. 
 
In 2004, the confinement site applicators were asked if they planned to adopt an emergency action plan or a spill kit to prepare for manure spills.  The confinement site applicators were also asked if they planned to adopt implementing biosecurity measures to reduce impacts of disease transmissions on animals. These questions were asked again in the 2005 training to see if they had adopted the practices.  In the confinement site program, in 2004 there were 1218 evaluations sent in and in 2005 there were a total of 1247. 
 
Impact/Outcomes
 
After each of the training programs, all of the applicators were asked to fill out an evaluation sheet on that days training session and were also asked how the previous years training affected their management practices.  As a result, both commercial and confinement applicators said they had increased in their management practices. 

In 2004, 37% (271/734) of the commercial manure applicators planned to adopt an emergency action plan or a spill kit to prepare for manure spills and 15% (112/734) planned on adopting the practice of meeting application rates as required by manure/nutrient management plans.  Where as in 2005 the commercial results were 53% (364/691) had actually adopted an emergency action plan or a spill kit to prepare for manure spills and 50% (343/691) had adopted the practice of meeting application rates as required by manure/nutrient management plans.
 
In 2004, 59% (716/1218) of the confinement site applicators planned to adopt an emergency action plan or a spill kit to prepare for manure spills and 27% (327/1218) stated they planned to adopt implementing biosecurity measures to reduce impacts of disease transmissions on animals.   Where as in 2005, 56% (695/1247) had adopted an emergency action plan or a spill kit to prepare for manure spills and 65% (812/1247) (695/1247) had implemented biosecurity measures to reduce disease transmissions.  The applicators adopted the management practices due to their training sessions delivered by ISU Extension.  
 

2005
103 -- Nutrient Management

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