ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and University of Minnesota Extension will be holding an in-person recertification workshop for Commercial Animal Waste Technicians at Farmfest in Redwood County, Minnesota on Aug. 4.
While this workshop will recertify commercial manure applicators and site managers for re-licensure through MDA, it is also open to the general public – including MPCA staff, County Feedlot Officers, and those that apply manure. Members of the public are welcome to sit in on any or all of the topics.
Speakers & topics
- MDA – CAWT program updates
- MPCA – Manure application rule reminders and new rules in 2021 CAFO permit
- MN State Hwy Patrol – Update of state/federal commercial vehicle regulations
- UMASH – Farm safety demonstrations
- UMN Extension – Sidedressing manure research
Manure equipment demonstrations
In the afternoon, see the latest in manure application equipment demonstrations. Vendors will demonstrate dragline, low-disturbance injection, and solid manure application equipment. Demonstrations will be contingent on weather.
For those wishing to recertify as a CAWT, the fee is $20 and will include general admittance to Farmfest. Besides a general admittance fee of $10 to Farmfest, there is no cost for the public to attend the workshop, as no recertification will be issued for anyone who is not a CAWT.
In addition to the in-person class at Farmfest, there is also an online option. This is a self-paced course with approximately three hours of training. Registration for this course is $10.
More information about CAWT workshops can be found at z.umn.edu/cawt2022
More information about Farmfest can be found on their website.
— Brenda Postels and Chryseis Modderman, Minnesota Extension educators