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Neighbors Growing Together | Jan 16, 2018
AGRICULTURE

Commercial Manure Applicator training scheduled Jan. 4

Dec 19, 2017

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the free Commercial Manure Applicator training program from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 at the Jefferson County ISU Extension office.

Register by Dec. 28 by contacting the Jefferson County ISU Extension office at 472-4166. 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.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will conduct the workshop. It will provide the required three hours of annual training and will cover rules for applicators as well as land-application requirements, snow/frozen ground regulations, spill response, compaction, biosecurity, manure application uniformity updates, team communication, manure and hydrogen sulfide safety, and evaluation review.

Commercial applicators can attend training throughout the year, but if they were previously certified, they should plan to attend training and submit the forms and fees to DNR before March 1 to avoid paying late fees. Certification fees for commercial manure applicators have not changed for 2018.

ISU Extension will charge a $10 fee to applicators choosing to view the certification materials on a non-scheduled reshow day at the county office. Due to scheduling conflicts, many county Extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch the training videos.

If attending the Jan. 4 commercial manure applicator program or watching the three-hour video is not convenient, commercial applicators can contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam. In addition to needing an appointment to take the exam, applicators must bring a pencil and photo I.D., and a calculator.

Applicators have another option: online certification. An applicator can take their training on-line at DNR MAC eLearning site at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign-in and get an A&A account.

For more information, contact the Jefferson County ISU Extension office or access a list of the training locations at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/macprogrampostcard.pdf.

 

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