Confinement Site Manure Applicator Training

Terry L. Steinhart, Field Specialist/Swine, Eastern Iowa

Problem 

Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or to take and pass an exam once every three years.  The workshop also serves as initial certification for those applicants who are not currently certified. If a confinement livestock operation has more than 500 animal units the operator must be certified to apply manure, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator.

Response 

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension conducts these continuing education programs each year with a crop and livestock specialist helping to provide information every other year and agriculture engineer specialist taking the lead every year. These workshops provide valuable information to all livestock producers, not just the producers who are required to attend to be certified.
During the workshop, applicators learned about manure application rules, what to do if a manure spill occurs and emergency action plans after a spill, animal and human safety issues, and proper use of the manure management plan.

Impact

Ninety-one percent of the participants said that the information presented was useful on their farm.  Fifty-nine percent said developing an emergency action plan or spill kit to prepare for manure spills would be adopted because of the current training.  As a result of the previous years program, 80 % of the producers said they understood and implemented new separation distances for land application of manure.  Another 74% said they understood the phosphorus impacts on water quality and made changes to manure management plans or application rates.

 

March 17, 2005
103 -- Nutrient Management

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