This school deals with writing a nutrient management plan using Virginia’s nutrient management training and certification regulations. This is a “hands-on” school in which participants complete exercises using soils, soil tests, crop yields and animal numbers in a variety of challenging scenarios from a real farm to learn all the components of a nutrient management plan. At the end of the school, participants will have completed the first 6 months of an actual three-year nutrient management plan. This includes components such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium recommendations and lime recommendations. Manure and biosolids materials are also allocated to fields and participants will calculate manure volumes of different animal species and learn how to calculate plant nutrient availability from organic materials.


Another advantage of participating in this school is that students will be instructed by the department’s nutrient management specialists, which are located in offices throughout the Commonwealth.  By getting to know these specialists, new planners will have experienced planners to call on for guidance and further support as they begin to write plans for the first time.  


Christiansburg Office- Mr. Joe Tesauro; Staunton Regional Office –Ms. Becky Barlow, Mr. Alec Lipscomb; Suffolk Office- Ms. Stephanie Dawley, Ms. Rachel McAden



Mr. Tim Sexton, Nutrient Management Program Manager; David Kindig, Certification and Training Coordinator; Mr. Nicholas Moody, Nutrient Management Coordinator-Biosolids; Mr. Seth Mullins, Nutrient Management Coordinator-Animal Waste


In order to meet the Virginia Nutrient Management Program’s educational requirements utilizing this online training, you MUST attend the entire training. Active participation during the presentations will be noted for each participant.  Participants are welcome to use their webcam.


Please attend from a location you have confidence will provide a reliable internet connection. Non-participation will not be accepted as meeting the education requirement because of poor internet connectivity.


Although presentations will be recorded for later review and for exam preparation, you MUST participate in the live school in order to have your “log time” recorded as proof of meeting the education requirement for nutrient management certification.



The training will be offered online via Zoom and Canvas.

Course Dates/Times:

December 9 – 11, 2020

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

A detailed agenda for this training can be found here (use the back button on your browser to return to this page).



Registration Deadline: November 20, 2020
Cost: $130
Payment Methods: Credit Cards Only
Refund Policy: Once payments are processed, there are NO Refunds for this event.  If not used, the payment can NOT be carried forward.


What's Next?

Virginia Cooperative Extension utilizes Canvas to offer this online program. After registering for this program, you will receive a registration confirmation email with detailed instructions for accessing the Canvas platform. If you don't see a confirmation email, be sure to check your spam or junk folder.  You can also access the Canvas instructions here (use the back button on your browser to return to this page).

Copies of presentations and blank exercises will be sent to participants before the first day of the school. This information will allow participants to work along with the instructors as they use farm data to calculate the outcomes of the various components when writing an actual plan.


For more information about this event or becoming a Virginia Agriculture Nutrient Management Planner, you may contact:

David Kindig, Nutrient Management Training and Certification Coordinator

Department of Conservation and Recreation

600 East Main Street, 24th Floor

Richmond, VA  23219

Phone: 804-371-8095

Email: david.kindig@dcr.virginia.gov


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