As the end of the year approaches, there is much to do with less daylight to get it done. Here are a few friendly reminders for the end of the year. If you are a swine producer, then most likely you are a Certified Animal Waste Operator. If so, please be sure to send in your ten dollar annual fee, which is a requirement to keep your certification. Most people I have talked to have already received a mailer reminding them of this fee.
Also, as a Certified Animal Waste Operator you must receive six hours of continuing education every three years. Failure to do so will result in you having to retake the initial certification class and exam. To find out if you need continuing education credits, call the Division of Water Resources (DWR) at 919-807-6353. This is the division formerly known as the Division of Water Quality (DWQ). Or, you can call your Sampson County Cooperative Extension office at 910-592-7161. Ask for Max Knowles, and I will help you find out if and when you need credit hours to keep your certification.
If you find that you do need credit hours before the end of the year, it is not too late; there are still opportunities to receive continuing education credits. Most of these programs require preregistration, so be sure to check your status as soon as possible. A full list of classes being offered that are approved for animal waste credit hours can be found at (http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/tacu-training).
Again, feel free to call me with you Animal Waste Operator questions 910-592-7161.
(Editor’s Note: Max is an Extension Agent with the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Service.)