A statewide training for commercial manure applicators in Iowa will be conducted on Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. The training repeats the program that was offered in January 2011.

Commercial manure applicators that have not fulfilled their 2011 training can do so before the busy fall manure application season. Commercial manure applicators seeking first-time certification may also attend. Applicators that have already attended training in 2011 do not need to attend.

The Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) explains Iowa law requires commercial manure applicators to attend three hours of annual training and to submit the appropriate forms and fees to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to meet certification requirements. Applicators may apply manure prior to receiving the certification card in the mail, but commercial applicators should carry a copy of the signed paperwork with them until they receive the certification card to prove they have attended annual training.

The training is sponsored by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa DNR. There is no fee for the training workshop, but applicators must register by Aug. 24 with the ISU Extension county office where they plan to attend. Applicators should bring their driver's license or a copy of their certification card. Counties offering this training include: Allamakee, Calhoun, Cass, Cherokee, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Clayton, Dallas, Emmet, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mahaska, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Story, Tama, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek and Wright.

Learn more at www.extension.iastate.edu/.