DES MOINES – Current manure applicators have two weeks left to apply for their 2014 manure applicators’ certificates without paying a late fee.
Applicators must complete an annual training session or pass an exam to qualify for certification.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in conjunction with DNR, still has about 15 training sessions for confinement site manure applicators scheduled. Commercial applicators can make an appointment at their local Extension office to watch a video that meets their training needs.
Check the Iowa Manure Management Action Group’s website at www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/
for times and places. Registration is encouraged, and is required by some Extension offices.
Applicators who apply mostly dry manure can attend one of four remaining dry manure training sessions, from Feb. 20 to 27, but also need to schedule with the appropriate Extension office.
Those who prefer to take a test should call the DNR regional field office to make an appointment.
Send applications, including fees, to DNR postmarked by March 1 to avoid paying a late fee of $12.50. New applicators can complete training and apply for their certificates at any time of the year without owing a late fee. However, they need to be certified before applying manure.
More information is available at www.iowadnr.gov/afo/
under Applicator Certification.
Annual training emphasizes the importance of proper manure application to protect water quality, provides updates on topical information such as foaming pits and has tips for handling situations such as a spill.
Manure applicators who handle, transport or apply manure from confinements with more than 1,250 finishing hogs, 500 beef cattle or 500 animal units must be certified according to state laws.