2024 Confinement Site Manure Applicator Training Scheduled in Grundy County

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Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa
State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to
maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification. The Grundy County
workshop will be offered on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. at the Dike Public Library. Pre-Registration is required. No walk-ins allowed.

“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 the exam once every
three years,” said Dan Andersen, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering
and extension agriculture engineering specialist at Iowa State University, and coordinator of the
manure applicator certification program. “If applicators fail to attend the two hours of continuing
education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify.”

Each year, nearly 300 confinement site applicators fail to attend training and must pass the
remedial exam prior to being eligible to renew their certification for the following year.

The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified,
recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in
their second or third year of their license.

The 2024 confinement site program will include rules for applicators as well as land-application
and setback distance requirements, biosecurity considerations, pit pumping and ventilation
safety, dragline systems, terraces and manure application, and case studies.

Operators must be certified to handle, transport, and apply manure if the confinement livestock
operation has more than a 500-animal unit capacity unless the manure is applied by a
commercial manure applicator. The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate. This fee is
paid when applicators initially get certified and then every three years when they re-certify to
apply manure.

Confinement site applicators are also required to pay an annual education fee of $25. All fees and
application forms must be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete
certification requirements.

ISU Extension and Outreach will charge a $10 fee to applicators choosing to view the certification
materials on a non-scheduled reshow day at the county office. For this reason, all applicators are
encouraged to attend the workshops or to plan to view training materials on the scheduled
reshow date at their local county extension office. This fee will not apply to workshops or
scheduled reshow dates. Contact the county extension office to determine which days are
scheduled for the manure applicator certification programs.

Applicators have another option for certification; online certification, in which an applicator can
take their training on-line at DNR MAC eLearning site at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The
applicator will need to sign-in and get an A&A account.

Applicators are encouraged to complete certification requirements annually prior to March 1 to
meet certification deadlines and avoid being assessed a $12.50 late fee for re-certification.

For more information about meeting dates and locations, or to schedule an appointment to attend
training, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach – Grundy County Office at
319-824-6979 or visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/immag/confinement-site-
applicators to see the 2024 workshop schedule.