Nutrient Management Certification

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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

SESSIONS FOR AGRICULTURE & HORTICULTURE

 

If you have any questions or want to sign up for upcoming sessions, please contact Hilary Gibson at 302-735-8137 or nutrient-management@udel.edu

If you apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of land or have 8 or more animal units (an animal unit is equal to 1,000 pounds of live weight) you need to be certified through the Nutrient Management Program.

 

The following is a brief summary of your certification needs:

  • Poultry growers that do not land-apply nutrients (manure or fertilizer) need to attend "Introduction to Nutrient Management" and "Animal Production and Manure Management."  
  • Grain, forage or vegetable producers that apply nutrients to crops need to attend "Introduction to Nutrient Management" and "Animal Production and Manure Management," and "Soils and Fertility Management."
  • Livestock owners (cattle, horses and sheep) who do not land apply manure need to attend "Introduction to Nutrient Management" and "Animal Production and Manure Management."  
  • Turfgrass or landscape managers who apply nutrients to land that they own or manage privately (e.g., golf courses, parks, cemeteries, athletic field complexes, schools, etc.) need to attend "Introduction to Nutrient Management", "Soils and Fertility Management", and "Turf Selection and Ornamental Horticulture".  
  • Turfgrass or landscape managers who apply nutrients as part of a commercial business enterprise (e.g., lawn care company) need to attend "Introduction to Nutrient Management", "Soils and Fertility Management", "Turf Selection and Ornamental Horticulture", and "Commercial Nutrient Handler & Nutrient Consultant."
  • Individuals who plan to write nutrient management plans need to attend four sessions. Agriculture consultants should  attend  "Animal Production and Manure Management."; Urban horticulture consultants should attend "Turf Selection and Ornamental Horticulture".
  • Certified Nutrient Consultants in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania who are seeking reciprocity need to attend "Introduction to Nutrient Management."

Upcoming certification sessions

You will NOT be able receive continuing education credits by attending these sessions. 

Upcoming Nutrient Management Certification Sessions for Agriculture and Horticulture

 

If you apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of land or have 8 or more animal units (an animal unit is equal to 1000 lbs of live weight), you need to be certified through the Nutrient Management Program. 

All the sessions below will be held at the University of Delaware Paradee Center at 69 Transportation Circle Dover, DE 19901.

We will need a minimum of 10 people to register for each session for it to be held. 

 

Introduction to Water Quality and Nutrient Management

—Wednesday, July 17, 2024; 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Soils and Nutrient Cycling

—Wednesday, July 24, 2024; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for agriculture producers
 AND
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for turf and ornamental businesses

 

Manure and Fertilizer Management 

—Wednesday, July 31, 2024; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. noon for agriculture producers without livestock 

 

Turf Selection and Ornamental Horticulture

—Wednesday, July 31, 2024; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for turf and ornamental businesses

 

Animal Production and Nutrient Management 

—Wednesday, July 31, 2024; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for agriculture producers with poultry or livestock

 

Commercial Nutrient Handler

—Wednesday, August 7, 2024; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Nutrient Consultant 

—Wednesdsay, August 7, 2024; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Commercial Nutrient Handler and Nutrient Consultant Exams

—Wednesday, August 21, 2024; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

You will NOT be able to receive continuing education credits by attending these sessions. 

To register for the sessions, contact Sydney Riggi at 302-735-8145, John Emerson at 302-831-4977 or email nutrient-management@udel.edu.

 

 


Exam Preparation

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I have to take the certification sessions in order?

  • Sessions should be taken in order. For example, you should attend Session I before attending Session II.

 

I am a poultry grower and give my manure to a local farmer.  Do I need to be certified?

  • Yes, poultry growers who do not land-apply nutrients (manure and/or fertilizer) will need to attend Session I and Session II. You will be become certified at the Nutrient Generator level.

 

I apply nutrients (manure and/or fertilizer) to more than 10 acres of land that I rent.  Do I need to be certified or does the landowner need to be certified?

  • The person who is applying the nutrients needs to become certified at the Private Nutrient Handler level.  To become certified as a Private Nutrient Handler you will need to attend Sessions I, II and III.

 

I work at a golf course and apply fertilizer to more than ten acres.  Which level do I need to be certified at and does everyone who applies fertilizer at the golf course need to be certified?

  • Golf course personnel that apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of their employer’s course need to become certified at the Private Nutrient Handler level.  You will need to attend Sessions I, II and III.  At least one person who works at the golf course will need to be certified with the understanding that everyone who applies fertilizer at the golf course will work under the certified individual’s certification.

 

I own a lawn a care company and I apply fertilizer to 50 ½ acre lawns.  Which level do I need to certified at?

  • Lawn care company personnel that apply nutrients to client’s lawns need to attend Session I, Session II, Session III, Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler and pass the Commercial Nutrient Handler Exam. At least one person who works for the lawn care company will need to be certified with the understanding that everyone who applies fertilizer for the lawn care company will work under the certified individual’s certification.

 

I want to write nutrient management plans in Delaware.  Which sessions do I need to attend?

  • To write nutrient management plans you need to attend Session I, Session II, Session III, Session IV: Nutrient Consultant and pass the Nutrient Consultant Exam.

 

I want to write nutrient management plans in Delaware and I am already certified as a Nutrient Consultant in Maryland.  How do I become certified as a Nutrient Consultant in Delaware?

  • You will need to attend Session I and then submit supporting documentation to the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

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