U of I Extension offers online training for technical service providers
This article was originally published on July 18, 2012 and expired on December 1, 2012. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.
Training for technical service
providers (TSP) is once more being offered through the University of Illinois
Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE).
The online resource is being offered beginning September 11, 2012, and will
provide the information necessary to prepare a comprehensive nutrient
management plan (CNMP).
Laura Pepple, a livestock extension
specialist in the department of ABE, said, "The CNMP Development Course
includes a 5-week online webinar series that covers the fundamentals of CNMP
development. A new webinar will be released each Tuesday, beginning on
September 11 and running through October 9. The webinars will be pre-recorded
and available for participants to watch each week at their convenience."
The topics discussed during the
webinars will be conservation planning (Week 1); land treatment practices and
erosion control (Week 2); manure waste storage and handling (Week 3); nutrient
management (Week 4); and feed management, record keeping, and regulations (Week
5). For participants interested in receiving TSP certification,
attendance at two field days is also required. The two-day, hands-on field
experience will be held on October 18-19 and will include development processes
that cannot be taught during the webinar series, such as RUSLE2, site
evaluation, equipment calibration and drafting a sample CNMP.
Pepple said the course is a "one and
done" opportunity for participants, because completion of the course fulfills
the TSP CNMP certification requirement for "a training course that meets all of
the general requirements for all CNMP certified specialist categories, as well
as the specific requirements for each element and is an equivalent
NRCS-approved Conservation Planning Training." The certification process
includes completing other NRCS-specified educational programming and passing an
examination for each individual CNMP element area. The course is approved for
any TSP nationwide who is pursuing certification. In addition, Pepple has
applied to the International CCA Board to receive international certified crop
advisors continuing education units (CEUs) for the course.
Registration for the course must be completed
by September 1. The registration fee for the webinars only is $375. The fee for
the webinars and field days is $750, and includes all course material, break
refreshments and lunch on the field days. To register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/tsp.
For additional information, you may email Laura Pepple at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (217) 244-0083.
Source: Laura Pepple, Livestock Extension Specialist, email@example.com
Pull date: December 1, 2012