Commercial Haulers - Introduction

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In March of 2002, the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin and a group of Michigan manure applicators independently approached Extension in each state to initiate a voluntary certification and training program. The result was "The Great Lakes For-Hire Commercial Manure Applicator Voluntary Certification and Training Program." Commercial manure haulers/applicators in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois receive extensive training in all aspects of manure application and those who complete this program could be eligible for reductions in liability insurance premiums.

Organizers of the multi-state program believe they will save everyone money by sharing resources and avoiding duplication of efforts. Also, because haulers often work across state lines, organizers hope to create a certification process that will be valid from state to state.