Manure Applicator Education

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$46,219
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,781
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
University of Minnesota and MN.IT
Recipient Type
Public College/University
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2016
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chapter 137, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(b) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrates in groundwater in areas vulnerable to groundwater degradation, including a substantial increase of monitoring of private wells in cooperation with the commissioner of health, monitoring for pesticides when nitrates are detected, and promoting and evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices to protect groundwater from degradation. Of this amount, $75,000 may be used for accelerating the update for the commercial manure applicator manual. 

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$46,219
Direct expenses
$44,756
Administration costs
$1,463
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.25
Measurable Outcome(s)

The revised CAWT Site Manager Study Manual and accompanying Exam are complete. The CAWT Applicator Video Training Project, companion exam and the license process will be fully implemented in early 2016. Measurable outcomes, that evlaute the use of these materials, will be tracked when this project is fully completed. 

Description of Funds
Education manuals and online training are being developed through a contract with the University of Minnesota and MNIT.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chapter 137, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(b) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrates in groundwater in areas vulnerable to groundwater degradation, including a substantial increase of monitoring of private wells in cooperation with the commissioner of health, monitoring for pesticides when nitrates are detected, and promoting and evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices to protect groundwater from degradation. Of this amount, $75,000 may be used for accelerating the update for the commercial manure applicator manual.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,781
Project Overview

The MDA used Clean Water Fund dollars to enhance manure applicator training and education. Funding was used to improve training manuals for site managers and develop curriculum and online certification training for Commercial Animal Waste Technicians (manure applicators).

Deliverables:

1. Improved training manual for site managers: This manual is used as a study guide for an exam that evaluates knowledge of proper management and application of animal waste. Minnesota has about 300 Commercial Animal Waste Technician site managers. Updates were completed December 1, 2014; the manual was priviously updated in 2002.

2. Online certification training program: Funding was used to develop curriculum and online exam technology for a Commercial Animal Waste Technician Applicator Certification Training Program. All commercial manure applicators will be required to be certified and have a current license to work in Minnesota. This was implemented in early 2015.

Online training modules are complete and viewable as YouTube videos.

About the Issue

Improvements in the program will increase the professionalism of the industry and support a higher degree of licensing oversight. New educational materials will help ensure that manure is safely handled and properly applied

Project Details

The MDA workedclosely with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, County Feedlot Officers and the University of Minnesota. Subject matter work groups, including people that apply liquid and soil manure commercially, provided feedback during the development of educational materials. Education manuals and online training were developed through a contract with the University of Minnesota.

Project Manager
First Name
Joseph
Last Name
Spitzmueller
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street North
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 201-6546
Email
joseph.spitzmueller@state.mn.us