Confinement site manure training set

SAC CITY – Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Sac County Extension office in Sac City.

The event is offered by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to maintain or renew confinement site manure applicator certifications.

“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period,” said Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist and coordinator of the applicator certification program, “or take and pass the exam once every three years.

“If applicators fail to attend the annual sessions, they will be required to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify.”

Each year nearly 200 confinement site applicators fail to attend training and must pass the remedial exam prior to being eligible to renew their certification for the following year, she said.

The workshop serves as initial certification for those applicators that are not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses and as continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license.

The 2014 confinement site program will include rules for applicators as well as land-application requirements, an update on foaming pits, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and biosecurity issues, and an interactive exercise in manure spill response.

Operators must be certified to handle, transport and apply manure if the confinement livestock operation has more than a 500 animal unit capacity, unless the manure is applied by a commercial manure applicator.

The certification fee is $100 for a three-year certificate.