Manure applicator certification workshops for dry manure operators are planned for seven different dates and locations in February in Iowa. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators (farmers) and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.
Iowa State University Extension, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will offer these manure applicator certification workshops for farmers and others who apply the dry form of livestock manure to the land. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.
"The information in this workshop will benefit not only those needing certification, but anyone using dry or solid sources of manure as a nutrient resource," says Angie Rieck-Hinz, an ISU Extension specialist who is coordinator of the Manure Applicator Certification Program. "This year's program features speakers from Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship who will discuss the requirements of selling and buying manure under Chapter 200A."
Workshop topics will include land application rules, stockpiling requirements, a look at current research results from winter application of solid manures and discussion on the requirements for buying and selling manure. The workshops are free to attend and open to all. Applicators will be required to submit certification forms and fees to the Iowa DNR to meet manure applicator certification requirements.
Please register for one of the workshops by calling the number listed with the selected site. Workshop locations and dates are:
Feb. 1, Thompson — Branding Iron Restaurant. This meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call 641-584-2261 to register.
Feb. 16, Ellsworth — Ellsworth Public Library. This meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call 515-832-9597 to register.
Feb. 17, Clarion — Heartland Museum. This meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call 515-532-3453 to register.
Feb 20, Washington — Washington County Extension Office. This meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call 319-653-4811 to register.
Feb. 22, Orange City — Sioux County Extension Office. This meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call 712-737-4230
Feb. 23, Storm Lake — Buena Vista County Extension Office. Please note, this meeting starts at 9 a.m. Call 712-732-5056 to register.
Feb. 27, Greenfield — Greenfield Chamber of Commerce meeting room. This meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call 641-743-8412 to register.