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Vernon County LWCD to host nutrient management course
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Vernon County Land & Water Conservation (LWCD) will be working with Western Technical College (WTC) to host a farmer written Nutrient Management Course.

Taking this course will assist you in being certified to write your own 590 Nutrient Management Plan (NMP).  This will also allow you to be in compliance with the Farmland Preservation Program and to claim the Farmland Preservation Tax Credit if it is available in your area.

The first step to completing an NMP is soil samples.  An introduction to soil sampling, which covers the requirements and resources available for proper soil sampling, will be held on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Viroqua WTC campus. This class will be considered the first class for the NMP course. Soil sampling timing is critical before the ground freezes.

The rest of the classes will consist of about six 3-hour courses that will be conducted in late fall and early winter.

People are encouraged to attend on Sept. 25 even if they are unsure if they would like to commit to completing the course.  People who know that they want to complete this course are also encouraged to contact Land Conservation and get started soil sampling before Sept. 25  if they are able.

Farmers who take the NMP course will also be able to attend other courses in the Farm and Business Production Management Program with WTC at no additional charge. Tuition for this course is $408.87.  Reimbursement for partial or possibly even all of the tuition is likely to be available for many participants.  Cost-share for soil sampling is also available.

Cost-share and a spot in the class is limited and on a first-come first-serve policy. Please contact Ben or Sarah with Vernon LWCD at 608-637-5480 to reserve your spot. Questions can be directed towards Ben at Questions about the other WTC courses can be directed to Dona Goede at