Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by Dec. 26th by contacting the ISU Extension Fremont County office at 712-374-2351.

Commercial manure applicators needing 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 rules for applicators as well as land-application requirements, impacts of manure management and cover crops on drainage water quality and yields, manure timing application, biosecurity practices, pumps and pump curves and understanding, and Iowa DOT road rules .

All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses will expire on March 1, 2019. Commercial applicators can attend training throughout the year, but if they were previously certified, they should plan to attend training and submit the forms and fees to DNR prior to March 1, 2019, to avoid paying the late fees.

If attending the Jan. 3 commercial manure applicator program or watching the three-hour video is not convenient, commercial applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam. In addition to needing an appointment to take the exam, applicators must bring a pencil and photo i.d., and should plan to bring a calculator.

Applicators have another option, online certification, which an applicator can take their training on-line at DNR MAC eLearning site at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/. The applicator will need to sign-in and get an A&A account.

Commercial manure applicators handling, storing, hauling, or land-applying primarily dry or solid manure are encouraged to attend the Dry Manure Applicator Workshops scheduled for February 2019. Dates and locations can be found in the link below.

For more information about the commercial applicator program contact the ISU Extension Fremont County office at 712-374-2351 or access a list of the training locations at: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/macprogrampostcard.pdf

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