Nutrient management planning is the tool we use to efficiently and effectively manage crop nutrients. Environmental protection is one of the key goals of nutrient management. Other goals realized are more efficient (less costly) crop production and sustainable farming systems, including animal production. In North Carolina, nutrient management plans are required for farms with animal waste management systems regulated by the NC Division of Water Resources, as well as farms located in nutrient sensitive watersheds. These plans must meet federal technical standards and be certified by a technical specialist approved by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Completion of this nutrient management course is one required component of the application to become a certified technical specialist.
To become a certified technical specialist, you must complete a series of online modules, attend a 5-day training program at NC State University, and pass - with a minimum of 70% - two separate exams. The online training is self-paced and can be completed from the comfort of your office or home. To successfully complete the online portion of the training, you will review a series of lectures, read selected materials provided to you, and complete a 25 question quiz. Before you can attend the on-campus training, you must complete each module and pass the concluding exam. After earning a 70% on the exam, you will be able to download a Certificate of Completion, which must be presented to the instructors upon arrival at the on-campus training. Information about accessing the online modules will be provided to you after you register for the certification training. See a preliminary agenda for the online and on-campus training at the Agenda tab.