DES MOINES – Nearly 1,000 confinement site manure applicators may need to complete their annual training requirements by Dec. 31 according to the DNR.
“It’s not too late for applicators who are currently certified but haven’t completed their annual training requirement to get it done before the end of the year,” said Jeff Prier, who coordinates the DNR’s manure applicator certification.
While some applicators may not need the training – changing their certification type or not raising livestock anymore – the DNR’s records show that about one-third of the 2,720 confinement site applicators need to complete annual training.
“If they get in and get the training all three years, they can avoid taking a make-up test to renew their certificate,” said Prier.
Applicators should make an appointment at the nearest Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office for the training. Some Extension offices offer training on set schedules. Others may charge a fee.
More information and a list of Extension offices are available at www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html. The DNR administers the program. Information is available at www.iowadnr.gov/afo/.