By law in Iowa, there are two categories of applicators who must be certified to legally apply manure. The first group is made up of the confinement site manure applicators, those applicators hauling or handling manure from a confinement site facility with more than 500 animal units. The second group is the commercial manure applicators, those who are hired to apply and haul livestock manure in Iowa.
"The fall application season is right around the corner and manure applicators should be prepared to meet certification requirements," says Angie Rieck-Hinz, an Extension specialist in the agronomy department at Iowa State University.
Confinement site applicators must attend two hours of annual training to maintain their three-year license and avoid taking the certification exam when their certificate expires. The requirement for two hours of annual training may be met at this time of year by scheduling an appointment with your local ISU Extension county office to view the certification training tape.
New confinement site applicators, or those renewing their three-year certificate may either watch the videotape or schedule an appointment with their local Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) field office to take the certification exam. Certification fees and education fees must also be paid in order to meet the certification requirements.
Commercial manure applicators must attend three hours of training annually or take and pass the exam annually. Commercial applicators who were certified in 2003, but who have not yet renewed their licenses in 2004, may meet requirements by scheduling an appointment with their local ISU Extension county office to watch the three-hour tape. Or by contacting their local IDNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.
Commercial applicators required to renew their licenses in 2004 will need to pay the late fee in addition to the certification fee and education fee. New commercial applicators may either watch the training tape or take the exam to meet initial certification requirements. Commercial manure applicators are reminded they must be associated with a commercial manure service.
All applicators must be certified before applying manure. For more information contact local county Extension office or visit the Manure Applicator Certification Web page.