AMES, Iowa -- Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour continuing education workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in January or February 2006 to maintain applicator certification requirements. A total of 77 workshops will be held in 74 different counties.Contact your local ISU Extension county office for a list of workshop dates and locations, or visit: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/certification/06confdates.html
“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 an exam once every three years,” said Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.
If applicators fail to get the two hours of continuing education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify in 2006. After passing the exam, confinement site applicators can become recertified by taking and passing a second exam on different day, or by attending a two-hour workshop scheduled for January or February 2006.
During the workshop, applicators will learn about manure application rules, new record keeping requirements, manure sampling for nutrient analysis, and best management practices to address manure and air quality issues.
The workshop also will serve 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.
“These workshops provide valuable information to all livestock producers, not just the producers who are required to attend to be certified,” said Rieck-Hinz. “Open lot livestock producers and producers with small confinement facilities who are not currently required to be certified can learn about manure application separation distances and manure sampling strategies which are valuable to all producers considering the rising prices of commercial nitrogen fertilizer.”
The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate. In addition, applicators will pay an annual education fee of $25. There is no fee to attend a workshop. Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1 to avoid being assessed a late fee of $12.50. Applicators are highly encouraged to attend the workshops due to the uncertainty of when videotapes will be available for training in late January and February.
If you have questions about the Manure Applicator Certification Program contact your local ISU Extension county office or go to: