Commercial manure applicators in Iowa can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Jan. 8.
Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 73 locations across the state. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by Dec. 27 with the ISU Extension and Outreach county office where they plan to attend.
Commercial manure applicators needing to recertify and those wanting to certify for the first time should attend. All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses will expire on March 1. Those wanting to renew must complete training requirements and submit forms and fees to the DNR prior to March 1, to avoid paying late fees.
Attend 3 hours of training annually
State law in Iowa requires all commercial manure applicators to attend three hours of training annually to meet certification requirements. Businesses that primarily truck or haul manure of any type or from any source are also required to meet certification requirements.
Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 8 need to schedule time with their ISU Extension and Outreach county office to watch the training video. Due to scheduling conflicts, many ISU Extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch them but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training.
If you can’t attend training during one of the scheduled dates at your county Extension office, you will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at your convenience.
If attending the workshops or watching the three-hour video is not convenient, commercial applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam. Another option for commercial manure applicators is to take their training online at DNR MAC eLearning site. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.