Growers who belong to San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition and who are in areas designated as high vulnerability are under requirements from the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) to keep “on farm” a certified Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) to track nitrogen fertilizer applications.
The Waste Discharge Requirements General Order for the Central Valley allows growers to self-certify their own nitrogen management plans if they attend a training program approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The purpose of continuing education is to ensure Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) certificate holders keep current their knowledge on subjects related to efficient use of nitrogen-based fertilizing materials and irrigation management techniques and are required by CDFA and the Regional Board to self certify the plans. .
The Coalition will be holding continuing education CE classes for those growers who have completed the Nitrogen Management Self Certification course and need to garner CE hours to keep their certification active and current.
Nitrogen Managment Continuing Education Class Dates, Time and Location.
San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition will be holding their next CE classes in January and February of 2020.
Reminder: You need 3 hours of Nitrogen Management Continuting Education every 3 years starting in January 2019. For example, if you took the self certification test in 2016, 2017 or 2018, 2019 you will need to have 3 hours of CE by January of 2022 (3 years from the January 2019 date).
You can also visit the www.curesworks.org/cecourses for classes available throught the Central Valley.