Iowa State University Offers Technical Sessions on Nutrient Management
By Ember Muhlbauer, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department is offering two national courses in April for consultants working in nutrient management. The first session is the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development Course, which is scheduled for April 6-8 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines. This course is designed to prepare consultants for U.S. Department of Agriculture certification as Technical Service Providers (TSP). Completion of the CNMP Development Course is required to become certified as a TSP by the Iowa State University’s national TSP certification program.
In addition to the CNMP course, a one-day course will be offered on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Final Rule. This course will be held following the CNMP course on April 9 at the same location. The special one-day training course, Understanding and Working with Nutrient Management Plans under the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Final Rule, was developed to address the updated requirements released on Dec. 22, 2008 for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit process. Development of a nutrient management plan remains an integral part of the NPDES permit process and also is now a requirement for the “no-discharge” certification option.Registration for either or both courses is now open. Information about the courses, lodging and registration is available on-line at the following website: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/cnmp/home.html