Crop advisors in the Western Lake Erie Basin have an opportunity to improve nutrient management and farmer productivity this season. Feb. 25-26 the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ohio State University Extension, in collaboration with IPM Institute of North America, will host a free training event for Certified Crop Advisors to become Technical Service Providers (TSPs) qualified to write Nutrient Management Plans.
With TSP certification in Nutrient Management Planning, growers and their advisors can take advantage of funding available through NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides financial assistance to growers to hire qualified professionals to create and implement approved plans addressing the 4Rs: Right fertilizer source, at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place.
“There are not enough qualified TSPs to meet demand for nutrient management plans in Western Lake Erie Basin counties in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan,” reports Dr. Thomas Green, president of the Institute. “When nutrients are lost from cropland, farmers lose money and water quality can suffer. We want to help growers and their advisors gain access to NRCS programs to improve resource use efficiency and water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.”
Registrants will receive TSP certification training from an NRCS representative on Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with the option to participate in additional training for nutrient management plan writing on Feb. 26, hosted by Greg LaBarge, extension educator with Ohio State University Extension.
The training will take place at the Findlay Conference Center, 200 E. Main Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own accommodations at 419.422.5682 or www.findlayinn.com.
The event is made possible with generous financial support from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Space is limited. Register by Feb. 19 to reserve your seat.
For more information and to register:
* Participants should be a Certified Crop Advisor or Certified Professional Crop Consultant in good standing. Those who are not certified can contact Kim Studer or Mark Adelsperger for additional details.
* Laptops are required for each participant. A limited number of laptops will be made available to those who cannot provide their own. Indicate this when registering for the training.
* Participants must set up e-Authorization accounts in USDA NRCS TechReg and install required software prior to the event. Contact Studer or Adelsperger for more information.