AMES, Iowa — Commercial manure applicators can attend three hours of annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 76 locations in Iowa, and four locations in surrounding states. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop but applicators must register by Dec. 29 with the ISU Extension county office where they plan to attend. A complete list of workshop locations can be found in the PDF download of the brochure.
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, 2012. 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. 5 need to schedule time with their ISU Extension county office to watch the training DVD. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these DVDs, but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training. If you can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at your county extension office, you will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at your convenience. There will not be a fee charged for scheduled training dates. 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. 5, ISU Extension will also offer seven dry/solid manure workshops for commercial manure applicators in February 2012. Information regarding these workshops and locations is also contained in the link to the brochure.
If you have questions about the commercial manure applicator certification program, contact your ISU Extension county office or on the Web at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.