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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 09, 2011
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Nutrient management school in Staunton this July

(RICHMOND, VA) – A two-part nutrient management training school will be held this July at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. The first session is July 6-7 covering soils and soil fertility. The three-day conclusion offered July 12-14 covers development of a nutrient management plan using a case study farm. Conducted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the school is open to anyone interested in nutrient management plan writing or becoming a certified planner. The registration deadline for both sessions is June 24.

The training is recommended for consultants, sales people and agency staff working with nutrient management and crop production. It is also recommended for farmers who want to have a better understanding of exactly how plans are developed. That understanding helps farmers tailor plans to their operations, which are easier to implement and help operators with compliance in situations where a plan is part of an operational permit.

The presentations and the hands-on exercises deal with nutrient application and plan implementation at the field level from very practical, real life scenarios. People with agricultural experience will find the classes interesting and practical.

Nutrient management remains an important decision for farmers. When considering types and quantities of materials they need to supply nutrients to their crops, the use of soil test results and realistic yield goals, essentials in nutrient management planning, provide a sound agronomic approach in this decision process.

For both grain and animal operations, nutrient management plans guide farmers so they get the most from every pound of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in which they invest.

Training school classes run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The $80 two-day and $120 three-day registration fee covers all handouts, supporting material and refreshments. Contact Susan Jones at (804) 443-6752 for a registration form. Classes fill up quickly so register soon.

For more information about the school and how it may help you, contact David Kindig at (804) 371-0061 or email david.kindig@dcr.virginia.gov. In most cases, participants who cannot attend all days can choose days that would provide them the greatest benefit.

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