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To custom-apply manure in Vermont, you must be certified at one of three scheduled training and certification sessions.

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January 18, 2017

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NEW PAPERWORK NECESSARY: Effective this year, custom manure applicators in Vermont will be required to be state-certified.

To comply with Vermont's Act 64 water quality bill, all custom manure applicators must become certified to apply manure on farms and cropland in the state this year. That’s why University of Vermont Extension will offer training sessions at three locations during February and March. Although free, registration is required by Feb. 10.

This winter workshop is for owners, operators and managers of custom application operations that spread manure. A separate series of workshops will be offered this spring for farmers and their employees who apply manure. The custom manure applicator sessions will be offered:

• Feb. 14 at UVM Extension Office, 278 S. Main Street, St. Albans, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Feb. 22 at UVM Extension Office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• March 8 at UVM Extension Office, 23 Pond Lane, Middlebury, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What’s to be learned
The training, the first step towards certification, will familiarize custom applicators with the required agricultural practices set by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. It’s to ensure that farmers follow management practices that protect waterways and natural resources and maintain healthy and productive soils.

They’ll get a refresher course on the new state water quality preservation regulations that minimize runoff. They’ll also learn how to interpret and follow a farm's nutrient management plan. And, they’ll learn about soil and weather restrictions for manure application, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's enforcement procedures and actions for noncompliance. Recordkeeping and requirements to maintain certification also will be covered.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance that will allow them to spread manure during the upcoming cropping season. For more details or to register, contact Lindsey Ruhl at 802-524-6501 or email [email protected]. A light lunch will be provided. Requests for a disability-related accommodation should be made by Jan. 24.

For more on Vermont’s Act 64 and custom manure applicator certification, click on: Water quality regs.

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