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Nutrient Management Training Provided by USDA NRCS
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 13-17 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations: Proceedings of the March 11-13, 2002 Conference, (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) 701P0102.(doi:10.13031/2013.7523)
Authors: J.L. Lemunyon and W. F. Kuenstler
Keywords: Nutrients, Nutrient management, Management practices, Conservation planning
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has implemented nutrient management
planning via our conservation practice standard Nutrient Management (590). To prepare our
field office staffs to guide landowners through the nutrient management planning process, we
have developed a training course that delivers the technology, planning guidelines and
environmental assessment tools they will require. While this course emphasizes the technical
basis of nutrient management, it also presents the field methods for environmental assessment
and conservation planning that are necessary to complete the nutrient management plan. This
training is delivered in three phases: 1) a self-study text and workbook, requiring approximately
30 hours to complete. Participants must successfully complete a test over this material; 2)
participating in a 20-hour facilitated discussion group. This locally-led session is designed to
focus on local issues as they relate to nutrient management planning; 3) students return to their
work location and develop a nutrient management plan. The plan will be reviewed for
completeness and accuracy by the instructors of the facilitated session.