Land Application Training Online is an alternative to the live Land Application Training workshops hosted by Nebraska Extension, which are typically held in January and February of each year.
This course covers the land application part of manure management. With increasing regulations, the livestock producer needs to understand the scientific principles that affect manure transformations and how to use these principles to manage the manure for maximum fertilizer value with minimal environmental impact. Improved land application of manure is one part of the solution, but we suggest that the producer evaluate the quantity of nutrients arriving on the farm as feed, animals, and fertilizer compared to the total that is exported. Achieving a nutrient balance will reduce potential environmental hazards often associated with animal agriculture.
This course is designed to be taken in sections, and not necessarily in any particular order. For this reason, there are two types of navigation below (and at the end of each module), the clickable image that allows you to choose topics that you are most interested in and the list of modules if you prefer to do the modules in order. Upon completion of each of the modules, you will have the opportunity to take a quiz through the campus.extension.org website. Read the FAQs below and at the end of each module for for more information about quizzing and receiving credit for the course. For your convenience, a checklist containing all modules has been developed for your use.
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Land Application Training Modules
What Are Some of the Things I Will Learn?
- Regulations as they relate to manure
- How to manage manure nitrogen
- In-depth discussion of recordkeeping and reporting needs
- Manure and soil sampling
- Application equipment calibration
- The 2012 Nebraska P-Index
- More about Protecting Herd Health with Biosecurity
How Can I Get Credit for This Training?
Quizzes are available at the end of each module. You must be registered to complete the quizzes.
Initial Training - Those permitted operations that have never taken land application training (either live, online, or as home study) must complete all modules. After all quizzes have been passed, you will be able to print a certificate of completion. Alternatively, there is a final exam that may be taken to test out of all modules. It may only be taken once and must be completed within 75 minutes. If failed or not completed in time, each module must be passed individually. The final exam is waived if all modules have been successfully completed.
- Recertification Training - For those that have completed the land application training previously, in addition to completing the regulations module and quiz, you may choose 3 modules with quizzes to complete. After you have passed all 4 quizzes, you will be able to print a certificate of completion. Alternatively, there is a final exam that may be taken to test out of all modules. It may only be taken once and must be completed within 75 minutes. If failed or not completed in time, each module must be passed individually. The final exam is waived if all modules have been successfully completed.
- You will receive your certificate by email. Once you receive your certificate, print one for your own records. Within a few days, you will receive a letter by email containing NDEE acknowledgement of your completion of the course. Please save this in your records.
Who Will Benefit from the Training?
- All who are interested in livestock manure management are welcome to take the training.
- Farm staff and advisors implementing farm's permit or nutrient plan are welcome and encouraged to participate. Consider making this part of your staff's training.
- Recently permitted operations that have not completed the initial Land Application Training, and are required by NDEE to have manure management training should pass all modules in the Land Application Training or pass the final exam.
- Additional manure management training is required by NDEE every 5 years for permitted operations. Recertification can be obtained by completing the regulations module and 3 additional modules and passing the corresponding quizzes or by passing the final exam.
- If you are uncertain of your certification status, contact Leslie Johnson (UNL) at 402-584-3818 or Lindsey Roark (NDEE) at 402-471-4239.
What Will it Cost?
- There is no cost for the educational modules on the university website.
- The only fee is for registration to complete the quizzing or exam and receive a certificate. That registration fee is $75 per participant for either initial or recertification training.