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Commercial Manure Applicator training


December 17, 2009
By Manure Manager

December 11, 2009, Ames, Iowa – Commercial manure applicators can attend three
hours of annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification
requirements on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010.

December 11, 2009, Ames, Iowa – Commercial manure applicators can attend three
hours of annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification
requirements on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension
and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a Commercial
Manure Applicator Satellite uplink from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at
8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop but applicators must register by
Dec. 31 with the ISU Extension county office where they plan to attend.  A complete list of county extension
offices offering this workshop can be found at:
http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/10macprogrampostcard.pdf 

Commercial manure applicators wishing to recertify and those
wanting to certify for the first time should attend. The workshop will provide
the required three hours of annual training and will cover applicator rules,
manure application on snow-covered and frozen ground, liability issues and
manure impacts on tile drainage. In addition, video from the 2009 Manure Expo
will feature personal safety and manure spill response safety as part of the
required programming.

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All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses
will expire on March 1, 2010. Those wanting to renew must complete training
requirements and submit forms and fees to the DNR prior to March 1 to avoid
paying late fees.  If an applicator
attended training for the first time in the fall of 2009, they should make
plans to attend training again in January 2010 to meet the annual requirements.

Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 6, need to
schedule time with their ISU Extension county office to watch the training
videotape. Please note that training videotapes may not be available until mid
February so applicators should make every effort to attend the satellite
program on Jan. 6. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no
longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these tapes.  If attending the satellite program or
watching the three-hour tape is not convenient, commercial applicators may
contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the
certification exam to meet certification requirements.

In addition to the commercial manure applicator training
offered on Jan. 6, ISU Extension also will offer five dry manure workshops for
commercial manure applicators in February 2010.  Information regarding these workshops and locations is also
contained in the brochure link above.

If you have questions about the satellite downlink program,
contact your ISU Extension county office or visit
http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html .


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