Nutrient Management Training

The format of the Nutrient Management Training is a combination of
online self-study modules, optional Zoom review sessions, and in-person classes. 

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

Online Modules for Self-Study: 
Deadline September 17, 2021
Optional Zoom Review Sessions:  September 14 and 16, 2021
In-Person Nutrient Management: 
September 20-21, 2021
In-Person Exam and RUSLE Field Session: 
September 22, 2021
In-Person Software Training: 
October 4-5, 2021


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
About 20 hours of self-study.

Due by September 17, 2021
We highly recommend finishing these modules in time to ask questions at the Optional Review Sessions, Sep 14 & 16, 2021.

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
  • REQUIRED Open Book Exam
2. RUSLE Book
  • RUSLE History & Intro to the Manual
  • RUSLE Factors – R, K, LS, C, and P
  • Practice Exercises
  • REQUIRED Open Book RUSLE Exam
3. Nutrient Management
  • The Certification Process
  • Cropping Systems and Management
  • Nutrient Sources
Optional Review Sessions via Zoom
The Zoom link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.
  • Tuesday, September 14 @ 9-11am
  • Thursday, September 16 @ 3-5pm


In-Person Nutrient Mgt
September 20-21, 2021
8:30am – 5:00pm
Lunch will be provided.
Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd, Raleigh, NC
Monday, September 20, 2021
  • NC Rules and Regs
  • Commercial Fertilizer Calculations
  • Manure Availability Calculations
  • Identifying Realistic Yield Expectations & Calculating Manure Application Rates
  • Writing a Plan
  • Case Study: Animal Waste
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • Case Study Continued
  • Practice Exam
  • Final Review and Questions
Nutrient Management Exam &
RUSLE Field Session
September 22, 2021
9:00am – 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided.
Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd, Raleigh, NC
  • Nutrient Management Exam
  • RUSLE Field Exercises
    • Slope direction/length/percent
    • Row grade
    • Residue cover
    • Receiving slopes 
Nutrient Management Software Training
October 4, 2021
NCSU Main Campus
Williams Hall, Rm 2414


RUSLE2 Software Training
October 5, 2021
NCSU Main Campus
Williams Hall, Rm 2414

 Register Now

Fee: $350

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

  1. Registration Confirmation – containing Zoom link for the Optional Review Sessions and other class information.
  2. Moodle Access Message – containing specific information and an enrollment key to access the Online Self-Study Modules. 

Printed Materials
The Nutrient Management and RUSLE Manuals will be shipped to you in August or within a few days after your registration.  When registering, please use an address where you can receive a package via US Postal Service.

Online Self-Study Access
The Online Self-Study Modules will be delivered via Moodle, an online learning management platform. You will receive an email with full information on how to access the online content.

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

Classroom Address: Nutrient Management In-Person Training, Exam & RUSLE Field Session

September 20-22, 2021
Booth Field Learning Lab

4000 Chi Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Classroom Address: Nutrient Management Software and RUSLE2 Software Training

October 4-5, 2021
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 in late September.