Iowa applicators advised to check certification
April 29, 2008 by Manure Manager
Manure applicators that haul or
handle manure from a confinement site facility with more than 500
animal units and commercial manure applicators are required by Iowa law
to be certified to apply manure in Iowa.
Manure applicators that haul or handle manure from a confinement site facility with more than 500 animal units and commercial manure applicators are required by Iowa law to be certified to apply manure in Iowa.
“My best estimate based on historical numbers of certified applicators is somewhere between 300 to 800 applicators still need to attend training this year to maintain or renew their licenses to apply manure before the fall application season,” says Angie Rieck-Hinz, extension program specialist.
Confinement site applicators must attend two hours of annual training to maintain their three-year license. Applicators must pay certification and education fees. After March 1 of the current year, applicators that are renewing their certificates must also pay a late fee.
Commercial manure applicators must attend three hours of training or take and pass an exam annually. Commercial applicators that need to renew their licenses after March 1 will need to pay a late fee in addition to the certification fee and education fee.
Commercial manure applicators are reminded they must be associated with a commercial manure service.
“Although manure applicators sometimes complain about having to take annual training, they also say that the training has helped them respond quickly and well to a spill, or learn about law changes that affect their business,” says Jen Christian, DNR environmental specialist.
For more information about manure applicator certification requirements applicators can contact the local county extension office, visit the Manure Applicator Certification web page at extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/mac. html or contact the regional DNR field office.