newstwo part agriculture nutrient management training at brcc in june

Two-part agriculture nutrient management training at BRCC in June

virginia department of conservation and recreationNutrient management provides an essential step in maintaining soil health and optimizing crop yield and quality.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer a two-part agriculture nutrient management training school in June. Anyone interested in learning about the development of agricultural nutrient management plans or how to become a certified plan writer is welcome to attend.

Nutrient management plans determine rates for applying manure, fertilizers, biosolids and other soil amendments so that crop yields are maximized, and nutrient seepage into and ground and surface waters is minimized.

The first session will be June 6 and 7, and is a lecture series by Virginia Tech professors on soil science, soil fertility and crop production. The second session, June 12-14, will cover nutrient management plan writing using a case-study farm.

Both sessions will be held in the BioScience Building of Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave. Each day will run 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $150 for each session. Deadline to register is Friday, June 2, 2023.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.