AMES, Iowa -- Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about applying manure should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in January or February 2008. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but certified applicators fulfilling continuing education requirements will pay an annual education fee of $25.
“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.
A total of 85 workshops will be held in 73 counties. A series of five dry poultry manure certification meetings will be held in February. ISU Extension County Offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations, or view a list at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/08confdates.html
Workshop participants will learn about land application rules, mortality management and investigate confinement site issues. This is the tenth year that ISU Extension has offered the training in cooperation with Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
“By investing two hours of time each year, producers are much more aware and better educated about the way their actions affect not only their land and animals but how it affects worker safety, their neighbors and Iowa in general,” said Jeff Prier, DNR environmental specialist. “The workshop is a great way for anyone to learn about regulations and how we can work together.”
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. The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate.
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. Training video tapes are available for viewing by contacting the local ISU County Extension Office and scheduling a viewing time. Applicators renewing their license cannot apply manure until they have met the certification requirements and submitted the correct forms and fees to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Contact your local ISU Extension County Office for more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program or visit: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html