Nutrient Management Training

Due to COVID-19, the format of the Nutrient Management Training has been changed to a
combination of online self-study modules, live webinars, and short in-person sessions with reduced class sizes. 

Please look at the dates closely.
Make sure your schedule will accommodate the completion of all required components.

Online Modules for Self-Study: 
#1-3 must be completed by October 4 and #4 by October 9, 2020
Optional Zoom Review Sessions:  September 29 and October 1, 2020
2-Day Live Webinar: 
October 5-6, 2020
In-Person Exam and RUSLE Field Session: 
October 7 or 8, 2020 (students choose one full-day session)
In-Person Software Training: 
December 2 or 3, 2020 (students choose one 1/2-day session)


Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.


We continue to work with local and state health officials, as well as NC State and NC A&T State Universities, to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that training schedule changes are intended to protect the health and safety of our community while striving to provide the resources and services you need.We will continue to closely monitor the situation and act consistently with local, state and national recommendations.



Kathryn Luxford

Joni Tanner

Nutrient management planning is the tool we use to efficiently and effectively manage crop nutrients. Environmental protection is one of the key goals of nutrient management. Other goals realized are more efficient (less costly) crop production and sustainable farming systems, including animal production. In North Carolina, nutrient management plans are required for farms with animal waste management systems regulated by the NC Division of Water Resources, as well as farms located in nutrient sensitive watersheds. These plans must meet federal technical standards and be certified by a technical specialist approved by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Completion of this nutrient management course is one required component of the application to become a certified technical specialist.



Registration Information

Online Self-Study via Moodle
Access Open:  Sep 1, 2020
About 20 hours of self-study.

#1-3 Due by Oct 4, 2020

1. Pre-Class Refresher
  • Nutrients and Water Quality
  • Environmental Rules and Regulations for Animal Agriculture
  • Technical Standard 590 for Nutrient Management Planning
  • A Soil Chemistry and Fertility Primer
  • The Phosphorus Loss Assessment Tool
  • Soil Survey and Nutrient Management
  • NC Cropping Systems and Tillage
  • Open Book exam
2. RUSLE Book
  • RUSLE History & Intro to the Manual
  • RUSLE Factors – R, K, LS, C, and P
  • Practice Exercises
  • Open Book RUSLE Exam
3. Nutrient Management
  • The Certification Process
  • NC Rules and Regulations Governed by DEQ and DSWC
  • Cropping Systems and Management
  • Nutrient Sources
#4 Due by Oct 9, 2020
4. RUSLE 2
  • RUSLE 2 Software Training Video
  • RUSLE 2 Homework
Optional Review Sessions via Zoom
The Zoom link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.
  • Tuesday, Sep 29 @ 9-11am
  • Thursday, Oct 1 @ 1-3pm


2-Day Webinar via Zoom
Oct 5-6, 2020
9:00am – 5:00pm
The Zoom link will be provided in your registration confirmation email. The webinar will break for a 1-hour lunch both days.
Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Introduction to Virtual Training
  • Commercial Fertilizer Calculations
  • Manure Availability Calculations
  • Identifying Realistic Yield Expectations & Calculating Manure Application Rates
  • Writing a Plan
  • Case Study: Animal Waste
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
  • Case Study Continued
  • Practice Exam
  • Final Review and Questions
Nutrient Management Exam &
RUSLE Field Session
Oct 7 or 8, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Indicate your date availability when registering. A box lunch will be provided.
  • Nutrient Management Exam
  • RUSLE Field Exercises
    • Slope direction/length/percent
    • Row grade
    • Residue cover
    • Receiving slopes 
Nutrient Management Software Training
December 2 or 3, 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Indicate your date and time block availability when registering.
  • Navigation
  • File Management
  • Data Input
  • PAN Management
  • Program Database
  • Lagoon Cleanout/Closure
  • Practical Exercises

 Click Here to Register

Fee: $350

Registration Confirmation
When registration is complete, you will receive two separate email messages.

  1. Registration Confirmation – containing Zoom links for the Optional Review Sessions and the 2-day Webinar.
  2. Moodle Access Message on Sep 1 – containing specific information and an enrollment key to access the Online Self-Study modules. 

Printed Materials
The Nutrient Management Training manual will be shipped to you in early September or within a few days after your registration.  When registering, please use a physical location address where you can receive a FedEx shipment.

Online Self-Study Access
The Online Self-Study modules will be delivered via Moodle, an online learning management platform. On September 1st you will receive full information on how to access the online content.

Optional Review Sessions and 2-Day Webinar Access
The Optional Review Sessions and 2-Day Webinar will be delivered via Zoom web conferencing with live instruction. Once registered, you will receive full information on how to access the Zoom sessions.

Exam & RUSLE Field Session Address

Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Nutrient Management Software Training

The Software Training will take place in the GIS Computer Lab in Williams Hall on the main campus of NC State University. Parking permits for Dan Allen Deck are required, and the cost of your permit is covered by your workshop registration fee. Parking permits are virtual and tied to the license plate number of the vehicle you will be driving to campus. For this reason, we will communicate complete parking permit instructions toward the end of November.