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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Operator Certification for Writing Nursery Nutrient Management Plans (Training Day 2)
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Date(s): July 10, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM  EST - 5:00 PM  EST
Central Maryland Research and Education Center 11975-A Homewood Road Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Organization Details
Organization: University of Maryland Extension
Contact Name: Mike Webster
Contact Phone: 410-841-5957
Nursery Operator Certification for writing nursery nutrient management plans will be offered in two separate programs to accommodate growing season schedules. These training programs will assist you in writing a nutrient management plan for your nursery or greenhouse operation. You must write a nursery nutrient management plan if you use fertilizers and you gross over $2500 per year in sales. With this certification, you will be able to sign-off and submit your own plan.

Each program consists of a Training Day and an Exam/Signoff Day. The Training Day will consist of learning the plan-writing process. After the Training Day you will have about 4 weeks, during which time you will study the Nursery Nutrient Management Training Manual and develop your plan. The Exam/Signoff Day will be for taking the exam and going over your newly developed plan.

The process is relatively simple for small (or low-risk) operations, so if your operation size is less than 5 acres, we would strongly encourage you to think about becoming a certified operator. If your operation is larger than 5 acres, we would still encourage you to become a certified operator, even though the nutrient management process may be a little more complicated. Drs. John Lea-Cox and Andrew Ristvey will be happy to help you write your water and nutrient management plan.

The second program’s Training Day will be July 10th, 2013 at Central Maryland Research and Education Center just outside Ellicott City. We will schedule an Exam/Signoff Day for this program on the 10th of July.

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