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Iowa Drainage School 2024 Scheduled

Sub-surface drainage is integrated into midwestern farming; and Iowa State University (ISU) has been hosting the drainage school to train stakeholders on complex sub-surface drainage concepts. In 2024, the Iowa Drainage School will be held at the Borlaug Learning Center at the ISU’s Northeast Research Farm in Nashua, IA. The three-day school (August 20 through 22) will include classroom lectures, discussions, team problem solving and field exercises, and will provide a unique educational opportunity for attendees, which included contractors, farmland owners, drainage consulting engineers, drainage equipment manufacturers, and technical service providers. The school will be focused on the fundamentals of drainage design including understanding soils, obtaining an accurate survey, drainage pipe size and spacing, controlled drainage and water table management, sub-irrigation, legal considerations, different installation techniques and equipment. Interested stakeholders wanting to attend the school can get more details about the registration fees, accommodations, and the school agenda by visiting online at https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/ids/.
Questions about the school can be directed to Kapil Arora (515-291-0174) or Matt Helmers (515-294-6717) or Tony Mensing (641-743-8412).

Manure Applicator Certification Training

For manure applicators renewing or getting you initial certification, registration is required. Please call your local county extension office to schedule time to watch the Manure Applicator Certification Program. 
If you don’t want to wait, please use the DNR Manure Applicator Certification E-Learning site: https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov to renew your certification or to get your initial certification.
To take the education course online, applicators will need to register for an IowaID. This can be done by clicking on the E-Learning link above and following the prompts. Applicators can pay certification fees online or mail them to the DNR at Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Manure Applicator Certification, 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.
Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification will be held in 57 counties across Iowa. Find a complete list of locations here.


In this month's news update:

  • New Talkin’ Crap Podcast Released
  • The Manure Scoop
  • Do Iowa Counties Have Sufficient Crop Land to Meet Manure Management Plans Requirements Without Exporting Manure?
  • Swine Producers Should Inspect Barn Ventilation before Summer
  • Register for the North American Manure Expo today
  • Events

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