Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.
“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass an exam once every three years,” says Dan Andersen, assistant professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering, and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.
A total of 62 counties will participate in the confinement site manure applicator workshops. In addition, a series of six dry and solid manure applicator certification meetings will be held in February. ISU Extension county offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations.
The workshops serve as initial certification for those applicators who aren’t currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses, and continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.
Attend session before March 1
Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops before March 1 to avoid a late fee of $12.50 for those who are recertifying. Those unable to attend one of the workshops need to schedule time with their ISU Extension county office to watch the training video. Due to scheduling conflicts, many Extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these videos, 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 two-hour training video is not convenient, confinement site manure applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements.
Applicators also have an online certification option, in which an applicator can take the training online at the DNR MAC eLearning site. The applicator will need to sign in and get an A&A account.
Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office for more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program.