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Training set for commercial manure applicators

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Annual training for more than 1,600 commercial manure applicators is scheduled for Jan. 7 at many county Extension offices.

Commercial applicators and managers who attend the 9 a.m. to noon session will satisfy the training requirements to receive their annual certificates.

Iowa State University Extension offers the training via live satellite downlink at more than 70 Extension offices in Iowa. Four additional sites for training are available at Extension offices in Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Applicants who plan to attend should register with their local office and arrive before 9 a.m. to receive credit for the training. Commercial applicators must have a valid certificate to apply manure in Iowa.

"This is a good opportunity for training, because applicators can ask questions of the trainers and interact with each other," said Jeff Prier who coordinates the training program for the DNR.

"Those who miss this session must watch a video prior to March 1," he added. "Or, they have the option of taking a test at a regional DNR field office."

A list of participating Extension offices is available on the Extension Web site at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html. Dry manure applicators can also find information on this Web site about five February workshops specifically designed to meet their needs.

The training session is free, but those applicators who want to be certified must pay a certification fee and an education fee. They must also work for a licensed commercial manure application service.

Prier encourages applicators to attend the Jan. 7 training because videotapes may not be available until late January or early February. A late fee is charged for all currently certified applicators who renew their certificate after the March 1 deadline.

More information on requirements for applicators can be found on the DNR Web site at www.iowadnr.gov/afo/appcert.html.

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