Source: ISU

Iowa State University Extension will offer three more three-hour manure applicator certification workshops for dry manure operators this month.

The certification workshops are for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators that primarily handle, transport and apply dry manure. Although confinement site manure applicators are only required to attend two hours of annual training, this meeting will be three hours in length to provide training to commercial applicators. All attendees will be required to stay for the entire three-hour workshop.

"The information in this workshop will benefit not only those needing certification, but anyone who uses poultry manure or other sources of solid or bedded manure as a fertilizer source," says Angie Rieck-Hinz, coordinator of the Manure Applicator Certification Program. "Producers interested in best management practices to get the most from the manure as fertilizer should stay current on recent research results looking at poultry manure nutrients."

Workshop topics will include land application rules, stockpiling requirements, how to sample poultry barn manure, agronomic update on poultry manure use, and application on snow-covered and frozen ground.

"We also will cover applicator safety issues, from personal safety concerns to equipment safety," said Rieck-Hinz.

The workshops are free to attend and open to all. Applicators will be required to submit certification forms and fees to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to meet manure applicator certification requirements.

Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Please register for one of the workshops by calling the site where you plan to attend. Workshop locations and dates include:

  • Feb. 18, 1 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, (515) 832-9597
  • Feb. 20, 1 p.m., Heartland Museum, Clarion, (515) 532-3453
  • Feb. 24, 9 a.m., Greenfield Chamber of Commerce meeting room, Greenfield, (641) 743-8412