Updated: June 20, 2024

Agricultural Nutrient Management Meetings

Farmer Training & Certification (FTC)  |  Nutrient Management Voucher

Nutrient Management Voucher

Feb. 27, 2025 UME-Washington County Office,
7303 Sharpsburg Pike,
Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information contact Jeff Semler

Farmer Training & Certification (FTC) Online

For Agronomic Crop and Animal Operations
Spring 2024: April 1st-May 3rd “Write Your Own Nutrient Management Plan”

Description: An opportunity for producers with cropland and pastures in Maryland who use commercial fertilizer and/or manure to learn how to write nutrient management plans (NMPs) for their operation that meet Maryland Department of Agriculture’s regulations.

Please Advise: The course requires a minimum time commitment of 15-20 hours over 5 weeks. Larger, more complicated farm operations and those with high phosphorus soil test levels may require additional training and a larger time commitment. Farmers should have soil and manure analyses prior to the second week of training.

Before registering, ensure you have the required materials and skills:

  • Required Materials/Technology:
    • Reliable internet connection
    • Email address
    • Computer with Windows 7 or later (NuMan Pro software is not compatible with Mac)
    • Printer
    • Microsoft Word and Excel
    • PDF reader software
  • Required Skills
    • Competency in high school math
    • Intermediate computer skills including:
      • Familiarity with web browsing
      • Experience with MS Office programs (Word, Excel),PDF readers (Adobe Acrobat or similar)
      • Ability to download/open/save/retrieve computer files
      • Ability to learn a new software program(NuMan Pro)

You will receive:

  • Access to the Online Course – Administered via the University of Maryland’s Enterprise Learning Management Systems (ELMS-Canvas).
  • A comprehensive training binder (electronic version- Google Drive Folder) –Consists of all materials referenced throughout the course, compiled in one place.
  • NuMan Pro software
  • Certification – Producers who pass the exam and complete development of their NMP will be certified by MDA to write their own NMPs.
  • Voucher training credits – This class will fulfill the nutrient applicator voucher training requirements.

Cost and Registration Information:

  • Space is limited therefore, register early. Registration will close on 3/27/24 or when capacity is reached.
  • Cost for the course is a $20 exam fee (to be paid directly to MDA following registration, no later than3/27/24) and $25 for NuMan Pro Software
  • If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this training please contact Kayla Griffith(kmgriffi@umd.edu) prior to 4/25/24.
  • To register for the Spring 2024 FTC Online offering April 2024-May 2024 (see course outline below), go to https://go.umd.edu/april24OnlineFTC
Week Date Online Modules Online Office Hours Offered
1 4/1/24  1 and 2 Thursday, 4/4/24, 2-3 pm
2 4/8/24 3 and 4 Thursday, 4/11/24, 2-3 pm
3 4/15/24 5 and 6 Thursday, 4/18/24, 2-3 pm
4 4/22/24 7 and 8 Thursday, 4/25/24, 2-3 pm
5 4/29/24 Certification Exam
NMP Submission

Online Certification Exam: Tuesday 4/30/24, 6 pm-8 pm

NMP Submitted to MDA: 5/3/24, 5pm