Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops Scheduled for 2014

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification. 
“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass the exam once every three years,” said Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension and Outreach program specialist and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program. “If applicators fail to attend the two hours of continuing education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify.”  Each year nearly 200 confinement site applicators fail to attend training and must pass the remedial exam prior to being eligible to renew their certification for the following year. 
The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.
The 2014 confinement site program will include rules for applicators as well as land-application requirements, an update on foaming pits, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and biosecurity issues, and an interactive exercise in manure spill response.  
 
Operators must be certified to handle, transport and apply manure if the confinement livestock operation has more than a 500 animal unit capacity, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator. The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate. This fee is paid when applicators initially get certified and then every three years when they re-certify to apply manure.
Confinement site applicators are also required to pay an annual education fee of $25. All fees and application forms must be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete certification requirements.
ISU Extension and Outreach will charge a $10 fee to applicators choosing to view the certification materials on a non-scheduled reshow day at the county office. For this reason all applicators are encouraged to attend the workshops or to plan to view training materials on the scheduled reshow date at their local county extension office. This fee will not apply to workshops or scheduled reshow dates. Please contact the county extension office to determine which days are scheduled for the manure applicator certification programs.
Applicators are encouraged to complete certification requirements annually prior to March 1 to meet certification deadlines and avoid being assessed a $12.50 late fee for re-certification.
For more information about meeting dates and locations, or to schedule an appointment to attend training, contact the ISU Extension - or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html to see the 2014 workshop schedule.
 

Howard Riceville Library 563-547-3001 January 16, 2014 1:30 p.m.
Allamakee County Extension Office in Waukon 563-568-6345 January 17, 2014 1:30 p.m.
Clayton County Extension Office in Elkader 563-245-1451 January 27 , 2014 1:30 p.m.
Fayette County Extension Office in Fayette 563-425-3331 January 28, 2014 1:30 p.m.
Chickasaw Borlaug Learning Center, Nashua 641-394-2174 February 19, 2014 1:30 p.m.
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