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As of January of 2008, all Wisconsin agriculture producers applying nutrients to cropland are required to implement a nutrient management plan (NMP) in accordance with ATCP 50 of the Wisconsin Administrative code.

Cropland owners who receive farmland preservation payments, have engineered manure storage or have had an ordnance violation must provide a NMP for their cropland.

A NMP can be developed by a certified crop advisor (CCA) or by a qualified farmer after completing a DATCP approved training course. The benefit of taking NMP training is the farmer will improve his/her crop management skills. In addition, he/she will understand how to implement a NMP.

The training for refresher courses (6 hours) and the full course (12 hours) will be held concurrently at the following times and locations: Fridays beginning Jan. 6 - 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Medford Northcentral Technical College (NTC) campus; Thursdays beginning Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., night courses beginning Jan. 19 - Feb. 23, Spencer NTC campus;  Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18 – Feb.1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wausau NTC campus; and Thursdays beginning March 9 – 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wood County courthouse.

Cost is $260.00 for the full course or $130.00 for the refresher. Upon completion of the course and completing a 590 checklist participants will be reimbursed the cost of the course. The reimbursement is from a DATCP grant.

To register at the NTC campus classes contact NTC at 715-675-3331 or www.ntc.edu/ce. For more information contact Clark County UW-Extension  715-743-5121, Clark County Land Conservation 715-743-5102, Marathon County Land Conservation 715-261-6000, Taylor County Land Conservation 715-748-1469, and Wood County Land Conservation 715-421-8475.

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