AMES, Iowa — Commercial manure applicators can attend three hours of annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a Commercial Manure Applicator Satellite uplink from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop but applicators must register by Dec. 31 with the ISU Extension county office where they plan to attend.  A complete list of county extension offices offering this workshop can be found at:

Commercial manure applicators wishing 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 applicator rules, manure application on snow-covered and frozen ground, liability issues and manure impacts on tile drainage. In addition, video from the 2009 Manure Expo will feature personal safety and manure spill response safety as part of the required programming.

All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses will expire on March 1, 2010. Those wanting to renew must complete training requirements and submit forms and fees to the DNR prior to March 1 to avoid paying late fees.  If an applicator attended training for the first time in the fall of 2009, they should make plans to attend training again in January 2010 to meet the annual requirements.

Those unable to attend the program on Jan. 6, need to schedule time with their ISU Extension county office to watch the training videotape. Please note that training videotapes may not be available until mid February so applicators should make every effort to attend the satellite program on Jan. 6. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices will no longer accept walk-in appointments to watch these tapes.  If attending the satellite program or watching the three-hour tape is not convenient, commercial applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements.

In addition to the commercial manure applicator training offered on Jan. 6, ISU Extension also will offer five dry manure workshops for commercial manure applicators in February 2010.  Information regarding these workshops and locations is also contained in the brochure link above.

If you have questions about the satellite downlink program, contact your ISU Extension county office or visit

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