University of Maryland Extension

Operator Certification (FTC) for Writing Nursery Nutrient Management Plans for Nursery, Greenhouses and Controlled Environments

Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Wye Research and Education Center
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658
United States
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Andrew Ristvey

Description: Nursery Operator Certification (FTC) for writing nursery nutrient management plans will be offered to growers who are interested in attaining Farmer Training Certification for writing nutrient management plans. This training program will assist you in writing a nutrient management plan for your nursery or greenhouse operation or controlled environment. You must write a nursery nutrient management plan if you are an agricultural business and you gross $2500 or more per year in sales.

With this certification, you will be able to sign-off and submit your own plan and annual implementation reports. Each program consists of a Training Day and an Exam/Signoff Day. The Training Day, Tuesday July 2, 2019 will consist of learning the plan-writing process. After the Training Day you will have about 4 weeks, during which time you will study the Nursery Nutrient Management Training Manual and develop your plan. The Exam/Signoff Day will be at the Maryland Department of Agriculture on a “to be announced” date. This date will also be for going over your newly developed plan (or renewing your old plan).

Nutrient Management Consultants interested in learning nursery plan writing can attend and receive 6 CEUs. This training is not for individuals who are already certified operators for nursery, greenhouse and controlled environments. The process is relatively simple for small (or low-risk) operations, so if your operation size is less than 5 acres, we would strongly encourage you to think about becoming a certified operator. If your operation is larger than 5 acres, we would still encourage you to become a certified operator, even though the nutrient management process may be a little more complicated.

Cost: The cost for this program is $35.00, which covers lunch ($15) and the MDA exam fee ($20) and should be paid on the first day of the program (July 2nd). Checks can be written to University of Maryland. If you wish to register, please do so by June 24h. Certified consultants will not need to pay for the exam. Send an email to In the email, state that you are registering for Nursery FTC. Contact Andrew Ristvey at 410-827-8056 x113 or for instructions directions and for any other questions.

Andrew Ristvey
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