Use of CNMP Core Curriculum for a Training and Certification through Iowa State University

Robert T. Burns, Faculty, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Animal feeding operations (AFOs) in the Midwest need a CNMP or regulatory nutrient management plan. Technical Service providers for NRCS and other agricultural consultants need to be trained to develop CNMPs to insure a sufficient number of people are available to prepare these plans for the AFOs. Iowa State University in coordination with the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides a training to fill this need.


The objective of this course was to train individuals to prepare CNMPs and to provide the option for certification as a Technical Service provider for NRCS.


Iowa State University in coordination with the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided training based on the CNMP Core Curriculum training materials developed by Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, The University of Idaho, The University of Tennessee, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on February 25-27, 2008 in Louisville, KY. The three day training involved 20 instructors including individuals from Iowa State University, NRCS, University of Tennessee, and Texas A&M University, as well as industry consultants and current TSPs. A total of 32 hours of training and instructor/attendee interaction were provided. Each participant was provided a notebook containing materials for each course topic as well as a CD with additional resource materials. The based on the CNMP


This course trained 117 participants on developing CNMPs. Industry consultants (both private and corporate), NRCS, regulatory agencies, and academia and extension attended the training. Of these 120 individuals 82 are pursuing certification to become a Technical Service Provider for NRCS to develop CNMPs for AFOs. These individuals will be working throughout the Midwest region to provide nutrient management planning services for producers.


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