Lora Berg 1, Editor

December 8, 2011

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Iowa Manure Applicator Certification Training Dates Set


A list of 2012 Manure Applicator Certification Training dates is available for Iowa livestock producers and manure management professionals. Producers with more than 500 animal units in confinement must meet manure applicator certification requirements to land-apply manure coming from these facilities in Iowa, according to the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG).

Producers need to become certified if they have more than 500 head of beef cattle, 357 head of mature dairy cows, 1,250 finishing hogs or the equivalent numbers of poultry in confinement housing.

Manure applicator certification requirements do not apply to producers with 500 or less animal units in confinement, or those with an open feedlot.

Certification is accomplished through one of two methods: by attending the required two hours of annual training at a local county extension office, or by making an appointment at the local Department of Natural Resources field office to take a certification exam. A list of 2012 training dates offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is available at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/certification/confdates.html.  For more information, contact a county Extension office in Iowa or visit the Manure Applicator Certification Web page at http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html.

About the Author(s)

Lora Berg 1

Editor, National Hog Farmer

Lora is the editor of National Hog Farmer. She joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, managing editor, contributing editor, and digital editor before being named to the editor position in 2013. She has written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. She was also the founding editor of the Nutrient Management e-newsletter.

Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork both as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. During her career, Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award at the national level in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition. She is passionate about providing information to support National Hog Farmer's pork producer readers through 29 electronic newsletter issues per month, the monthly magazine and nationalhogfarmer.com website.

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