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Manure applicator training open for on-site applicators

DES MOINES –Training began last week for confinement site manure applicators who want to complete annual training or become certified to land apply manure. 

“These sessions are taught by ISU Extension specialists,” said Jeff Prier, DNR certification trainer. “That’s an opportunity for applicators and confinement site managers to get answers on current hot topics.” 

The two-hour training workshops are offered at 63 Iowa locations. Contact your county Extension and Outreach office to register, ensuring there will be space available.   

The last workshop for confinement site applicators is Feb. 28. Those unable to attend a live session have two other training options. They can view a video by scheduling a time at their local Extension office. Or, they can complete training online at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov. More information is available at www.iowadnr.gov/manureapplicator.

Applicators have a third option to become certified. They can schedule and take a test at one of the DNR field offices.

Those renewing their certification need to complete training and pay fees prior to March 1 or pay a $12.50 late fee.

Once certified, confinement site applicators can apply manure from totally roofed livestock or poultry facilities with 500 or more animal units, provided they do not charge fees.

Although confinement site applicators have a three-year certificate, they must take training each year, unless they initially passed a test to become certified. 

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