A statewide training for commercial manure applicators will be conducted by Iowa State University Extension in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. This training will be a reshow of the same program offered for training in January 2011.
Commercial manure applicators who have not fulfilled their 2011 training can do so before the busy fall manure application season. Commercial manure applicators wishing to become certified for the first time may also attend. Applicators that have already attended training in 2011 do not need to attend.
Iowa law requires commercial manure applicators to attend three hours of annual training and to submit the appropriate forms and fees to the Iowa DNR to meet certification requirements. Applicators may apply manure prior to receiving the certification card in the mail, but commercial applicators should carry a copy of the signed paperwork with them until they receive the certification card to prove they have attended annual training.
There is no fee for the training workshop but applicators must register by Aug. 24 with the ISU Extension county office where they plan to attend. Applicators should bring their driver's license or a copy of their certification card. The counties offering this training include: Allamakee, Calhoun, Cass, Cherokee, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Clayton, Dallas, Emmet, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mahaska, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Story, Tama, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek and Wright.
A postcard reminder was sent to all licensed commercial manure applicator businesses in early August. Owner and managers should communicate this training opportunity to employees and new hires. If applicators cannot attend this training event, they can still call their ISU Extension county office to determine when commercial manure applicator trainings are held.
Many county extension offices will provide flexibility in offering training if you call in advance, but some are only offering training on set dates due to scheduling and staffing conflicts. Applicators can also meet certification requirements by taking and passing the certification exam. Exams are only offered at Iowa DNR field offices and an appointment must be made to take the exam.