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Manure Demo Day and Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) Recertification Course

By: Melissa Wilson, Extension specialist in manure management, and Chryseis Modderman, Extension educator in manure management

Please join us Tuesday, August 10, 2021 for a Manure Demo Day at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. The day will be broken into a morning and afternoon session.

The morning session will consist of recertification training for commercial animal waste technicians (CAWTs) and includes lunch. This is the only in-person CAWT recertification workshop of 2021.The CAWT session will begin with MDA check in at 8:00 a.m. and class starts promptly at 8:30 A.M. 

The course will include a program update, MPCA CAFO permit update, information on manure application timing, calibrating manure spreading equipment, tips for minimizing soil compaction and a safety walk-through. Similar to past CAWT recertification training, attendance will be monitored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, please bring your CAWT license with you. In order to cover costs associated with the training, the fee for the morning session is $10. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the MN Custom Applicators Association (MNCAA). Space is limited to the first 100 people for the CAWT session. 

Please pre-register by August 3, 2021 at

The afternoon field session is free and open to the public, beginning at noon. Registration is not required for the afternoon session, but attendees must check-in upon arrival. In-field demonstrations will begin at 1:15 P.M. Exhibitors and vendors will be on site to answer questions and provide product information.

More information can be found on our events page including information for potential vendors and exhibitors or contact Brenda Postels, UMN Extension at 320-203-6063 or

This field day is partially supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2020-68008-31410. It is organized by the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Custom Applicators Association, Rock County SWCD, and Stearns County SWCD.

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