Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification. The Cherokee County workshop will be offered on February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Campus in Cherokee.
"Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to obtain two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass the exam once every three years," said Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program. "If applicators fail to get the two hours of continuing education each year, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify."
The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.
"Even crop and livestock producers that do not need certification will find the workshops to be an excellent way to stay on top of manure regulatory requirements and manure issues," Rieck-Hinz said. "Producers who are receiving manure from confinement facilities with manure management plans will need to meet certification requirements if they are handling, transporting or applying manure from those facilities."
Operators must be certified to handle, transport and apply manure if the confinement livestock operation has more than a 500 animal unit capacity, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator. The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate. This fee is paid when applicators initially get certified and then every three years when they re-certify to apply manure. Confinement site applicators are also required to pay an annual education fee of $25. All fees and application forms must be sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete certification requirements.
ISU Extension and Outreach will charge a $10 fee to applicators who choose to view the certification materials on a non-scheduled reshow day at the county office. For this reason all applicators are encouraged to attend the workshops or to plan to view training materials on the scheduled reshow date at their local county Extension office. This fee will not apply to workshops or scheduled reshow dates. Please contact the county Extension office to determine which days are scheduled for the manure applicator certification programs.
Applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1 to meet certification deadlines and avoid being assessed a $12.50 late fee for re-certification. If you have questions about meeting dates and locations, or if you need to schedule an appointment to attend training, contact the ISU Extension Cherokee County office at 712-225-6196 or visit www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certifica... confdates.html to see the 2012 workshop schedule.