(Des Moines)--Nearly 20 percent of current confinement site manure applicators need to complete annual training by Dec. 31.
“I would encourage anyone who is currently certified and plans to renew their certificate to complete the training for this year,” said Jeff Prier who coordinates the DNR’s applicator certification program.
About 430 of 2,310 confinement site applicators have not yet completed this year’s annual training. Prier says that’s ahead of last year at the end of November when nearly half of the applicants needed to complete training by year’s end.
“It’s not too late,” says Prier. “If they get in and get the training for all three years, they can avoid taking a make-up test when they renew their certificate.
Even if they’ve missed a year, the training updates them on current regulations, what’s happening with Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy and provides tips on how to handle land application.”
Applicators can schedule with their county Extension office. Many offices have scheduled dates and times for viewing the training video.
Find out more about training opportunities at www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/maccsa.html. Program information is also available
under Applicator Certification at www.iowadnr.gov/afo/.
The confinement applicator certificate is good for three years. Applicators may satisfy certification requirements through training or testing. If they choose training, they must attend all three years of training or take an exam before renewing their certificate.