AMES, Iowa -- Commercial manure applicators can attend three hours of training on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 69 locations in Iowa and one location in Wisconsin. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by Dec. 28, 2012 with the ISU Extension county office where they plan to attend. A complete list of workshop locations can be found at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/macprogrampostcard.pdf.
Commercial manure applicators needing to recertify and those wanting to certify for the first time should attend. All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses will expire on March 1, 2013. Those wanting to renew must complete training requirements and submit forms and fees to the DNR prior to March 1, to avoid paying late fees.
Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 4 need to schedule time with their ISU Extension county office to watch the training DVD. Due to scheduling conflicts, many county extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these DVDs, but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training. There will not be a fee charged for scheduled training dates. Anyone requesting a non-scheduled reshow at the county extension office will be charged a $10 fee. If attending the workshops or watching the three-hour DVD is not convenient, commercial applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.
In addition to the commercial manure applicator training offered on Jan. 4, ISU Extension and Outreach will offer seven dry/solid manure workshops for commercial manure applicators in February 2013. Information regarding these workshops and locations is also contained in the link to the brochure listed above.
For more information about the commercial manure applicator certification program, contact an ISU Extension county office or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.