VDCR offering sessions on nutrient management in June

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WFXR)—The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR) will offer a two-part agricultural nutrient management training program in June.

Nutrient management plans are an important part of a farmer’s decision-making process when deciding on materials to supply nutrients to crops and forages. These plans determine rates for applying manure, fertilizers, biosolids, and other soil products to ensure that yields are maximized and nutrient loss to ground and water is minimized.

The training is open to anyone interested in learning about the development of agricultural nutrient management plans or how to become a certified plan writer.

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The VDCR will be hosting two sessions as a part of this training program. The first session will take place on Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. virtually through Microsoft Teams. The session will be a lecture series presented by Virginia Tech professors on soil science, soil fertility, and crop production.

The second session will be held from Tuesday, June 25 until Thursday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in-person at the Bioscience Building of Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave. This session will cover the specifics of nutrient management plan writing using a case study.

Registration is $150 for each session.

To register and for more information on nutrient management certification please visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/nmtrain.

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