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CAWT training at Farmfest: Register now to recertify as a Commercial Animal Waste Technician

manure application equipment

By: Brenda Postels, Extension educator, and Chryseis Modderman, Extension educator

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 August 4th. 

Register now

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. 

Online option

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

More information about Farmfest can be found on their website.


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