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Poultry Growers and Nutrient Applicators Invited to Meetings

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The Rich Mountain Conservation District would like to invite all poultry growers in Polk County to their Annual Poultry Registration Meeting that will be held February 16th at the Farm Bureau Conference Room (309 Morrow Ave., Mena) at 6:00 p.m. The topic this year is energy conservation. Guest speakers are Dr. Yi Liang, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas and Randy Busbea, Certified Energy Auditor. They will present innovative energy saving strategies to help you to save energy and money on heating, cooling, and lighting. Poultry growers will have an opportunity to register their farm, enjoy a BBQ sandwich dinner, and get their questions answered by the experts. Please RSVP 479-394-1782 x3.

A Nutrient Applicator Certification Training will be put on by The University of Arkansas Extension Service and the Rich Mountain Conservation District on February 21st at the Extension Service Education Center (211 DeQueen Street, Mena) at 6:00 p.m. This training is recommended for all individuals who apply nutrients from litter or commercial fertilizer, and is required for those that apply nutrients in the Nutrient Surplus Area (Mountain Fork River Watershed). A Private Applicator Certification enables you to apply nutrients to land you own or control and enables you to hire non-certified applicators to work under your supervision on your land. This is obtained by attending the training and submitting an application with the $30 application fee.

A Commercial Applicator Certification enables you to apply nutrients to land outside of your ownership or control. To obtain this certification you must attend the training, submit an application with the $60 fee, pass a test, and pay a $25 testing fee. The test will be administered the day of the training. Both certifications are valid for 5 years. For more information and to RSVP, please call the Polk County Extension Office at 479-394-6018.

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