AMES, Iowa -- Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 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 76 Iowa locations, two Wisconsin locations and one Minnesota site. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by Dec. 30 with the ISU Extension and Outreach 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, 2014. 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. The law requires all commercial manure applicators to attend three hours of training annually to meet certification requirements. Businesses that primarily truck or haul manure of any type or from any source are also required to meet certification requirements.
Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 7 may schedule time with their ISU Extension and Outreach county office to watch the training DVD. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices no longer will accept walk-in appointments to watch these DVDs, but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training. Those who can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at their county extension office will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at their convenience. If attending the workshops or watching the three-hour DVD is not possible, 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. 7, ISU Extension and Outreach will offer eight dry/solid manure workshops for commercial manure applicators in February 2014. Information regarding these workshops and locations is also available online at the link listed above. Program requirements are the same as the regular commercial training program, but this training program is geared more toward dry/solid manure issues.
For more information or to have questions about the commercial manure applicator certification program answered, contact an ISU Extension and Otureach county office or visit http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.