Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Continuing and Distance Education
This course has been developed for agricultural professionals and those whose work is impacted by nutrient management planning. It will teach the basic general concepts of Nutrient Management Planning and highlight local applications and issues. Nutrient management systems ranging from those that use manure and/or biosolids as the primary nutrient source to those based solely on the use of chemical fertilizers will be considered. Exercises relating to the testing of soils, manures and plant tissues and calculations required for the completion of nutrient management plans will improve nutrient management planning skills. Although nutrient management software will be discussed, it will not be taught in the course.
Nutrient management planners in Nova Scotia are required to be a good standing member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists, have passed the Atlantic Agricultural Coordinating Council Nutrient management Course Exam delivered by Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Continuing and Distance Education, and have completed a mentorship period where initial plans are review by another certified planner. A list of trained and certified planners is maintained by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and can be found here.