Commercial manure applicators who apply manure in Iowa can receive the three hours of annual continuing instruction required to maintain their manure applicator certification by attending a meeting on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008.
Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a Commercial Manure Applicator Satellite Downlink from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop but applicators must register with the county ISU Extension office where they plan to attend, says Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist.
Commercial manure applicators who are currently certified to apply manure in Iowa should have already received a copy of the program registration brochure containing workshop locations in the mail in December. If you did not receive a copy, contact your local ISU Extension County Office or download a copy off the Web at www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/08commmacbrochure.pdf.
How to become certified
Commercial manure applicators wishing to recertify and those wanting to certify for the first time should attend. The workshop will provide the required three hours of annual training and will cover applicator rules, recordkeeping requirements and road and transportation issues by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The workshop will also include a review of manure spills and prevention and mitigation strategies.
All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses in Iowa will expire on March 1, 2008, she says. Those wanting to renew must complete training requirements and submit forms and fees to the Iowa DNR prior to March 1, 2008, to avoid paying late fees. If an applicator attended training for the first time in the fall of 2007, he or she should make plans to attend the training again in January 2008 to meet the annual requirements.
Best bet is to attend Jan. 4
Commercial manure applicators are highly encouraged to attend the satellite downlink program due to the uncertainty of when videotapes will be available for training in late January and February.
Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 4 need to schedule time with their local ISU Extension county office to watch the training vide. "Please note that training videotapes may not be available until mid February so applicators should make every effort to attend the satellite program on Jan. 4," says Rieck-Hinz.
Due to scheduling conflicts, many ISU Extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these tapes, she says. If attending the satellite program or watching the three-hour tape is not convenient, commercial applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements.
Applicators who want to take the exam may wish to access a copy of the study guide manual to help prepare for the exam. The study guide is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ListItems.aspx?Keyword=PM%201778
If you have questions about the satellite downlink program, contact ISU Extension county office or check the Iowa Manure Management Action Group Web site at: extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.