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Attend 2024 Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) training - in-person and online

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By: Extension educators Chryseis Modderman & Brenda Postels

There are several upcoming opportunities for Minnesota commercial manure haulers and site managers to attend the Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) recertification workshops. There will be five in-person workshops and an online course offered in 2024.

In-person workshops will take place in Sauk Centre (Jan. 25th). Hutchinson (Feb. 15th), Slayton (Mar. 7th), Owatonna Farm and Power Show (Mar. 15th),  and Farmfest in Redwood County (August 8th.) Online training will be available starting late spring or early summer and will be open until October 31st, 2024.

Learn more at z.umn.edu/cawt2024

Cost

The registration fee is $10 for either in-person or online recertification training. For in person workshops, payment will be taken at the door by cash, credit card or check, payable to UMN Extension.

2024 workshop topics

  • CAWT Licensing, Requirements and Regulations 
  • Precision Agriculture and Equipment
  • Safety Considerations for Manure Gas Emissions
  • Manure Phosphorus and Environmental Issues
  • Manure Phosphorus Regulations
  • Best Management Practices for Manure Testing

2024 Speakers

  • Brian Clark, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
  • Gary Esselink, Raven Industries
  • Rick Martens, Minnesota Custom Applicators Association (MNCAA)
  • Chryseis Modderman, University of Minnesota Extension (UMNEx)
  • Paul Brietzke or George Schwint, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Cheri Ladwig, Dairy Herd Improvement (DHIA) Laboratories or
  • Representatives of Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories (MVTL)

Recertification reminders

  • The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) requires full attendance to receive recertification credit. You must be signed in and signed out to receive full credit. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be turned away.
  • Bring your CAWT card to class to be scanned for credit.
  • New applicators who have not been previously certified: You must watch a video and take a quiz for your initial certification. You cannot receive initial certification through these workshops.
  • Certified applicators: You can either watch a video and take a quiz every year or attend a recertification workshop every other year.
  • Site managers: You must attend a workshop every other year.

More information

  • For more information on CAWT licensing, please refer to the MDA website.
  • If you have MDA licensing questions, please call MDA at 651-201-6548 or email pesticide.recertification@mda.mn.us.
  • If you have CAWT course questions, please contact Brenda Postels at 763-370-3268 or post0060@umn.edu.

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