Virginia DCR Offers Agricultural Nutrient Management Training

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia is offering agricultural nutrient management training in December.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer a two-part training school for those interested in learning how to develop agricultural nutrient management plans and gain certification as plan writers.

The first session, December 1 and 2, is a lecture series by Virginia Tech professors on the fundamentals of soil science, soil fertility and crop production.

In the second session, December 7 through the 9, students will write nutrient management plans using a case-study farm scenario. Each instructional day runs from 9 am until 4:30 pm.

Both sessions will be held at Brightpoint Community College in Midlothian, Virginia.  Each session costs $150. The registration deadline is November 28.

Certified agricultural nutrient management planners help farmers fertilize for maximum crop yield and minimal nutrient loss to ground and surface waters.

Nutrient management plans outline optimal rates for applying manure, fertilizers, biosolids and other soil amendments. Planners base these rates on a farm’s actual yield records, or on soil productivity, when yield records are not available.

Agricultural nutrient management planning certification equips an individual to work full or part time in a profession that makes a difference. This credential can also offer an advantage for those seeking jobs with state agencies and private-sector employers.

More information about nutrient management training and certification is available at

For more information, contact Stephanie Dawley, Nutrient Management Training and Certification Coordinator, at 804-382-3911 or

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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