Iowa Manure Applicator Certification Program Continues to Train Applicators, Protect Resources

Three certifications were offered to Iowa manure applicators in 2019, in compliance with state law

August 27, 2019, 10:45 am | Daniel Andersen

AMES, Iowa – Now in its 21st year, the Iowa manure applicator certification program continues to train and certify the state’s manure applicators on the best ways of handling, hauling and applying livestock manure.
Three programs were offered this year, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Nearly 1,300 confinement site applicators attended the Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification trainings, required for producers who have more than 500 animals in confinement. Currently, there are more than 1,960 certified confinement applicators in Iowa.
Some 2,218 commercial applicators attended the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification workshops. There are currently 605 certified commercial manure applicator businesses in Iowa, compared to 562 last year.
The Dry Manure Application Certification workshops drew 120 applicators during five workshops held in February.
The certifications are part of the requirements of Iowa legislation passed in 1998, intended to educate, train and certify the state’s manure applicators about the best ways to handle, haul and apply livestock manure.
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