Nitrogen Certification & Water Conservation Training Classes
One of the primary requirements of the Lower Platte North NRD's Groundwater Management Area is that all operators of irrigation, municipal, and industrial well systems, as well as operators who use any type of fertilizer (either commercial or organic) in production agriculture, are required to obtain NRD certification by attending NRD education classes or by passing an online or take home test designed by the LPNNRD.
Certification is valid for four years, after which recertification is required. Uncertified producers are not eligible for any of the NRD’s cost-share programs or for irrigated acre certification.
Certification classes are held at various locations throughout the NRD from January through March each year (see below for the current schedule). The certification classes are primarily geared for area producers and cover several topics, including nitrogen management and application, water quality, water conservation and quantity, University of Nebraska research and recommended practices, and any recent legislation related to water use. The classes are conducted by NRD staff in cooperation with University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension personnel.
The classes are free and no preregistration is required. Producers may attend whichever session works best for their schedule. The class lasts approximately two hours. For more information, contact Water Resources Specialist Russell Oaklund or call (402) 443-4675.
|Thursday, January 5th||3:00 p.m. (after Corn Expo)||Fremont - Christensen Field|
|Wednesday, January 18th||1:00 p.m.||Mead- ARDC|
|Thursday, January 26th||1:30 p.m.||
Columbus - Ag Park*
|Tuesday, February 7th||9:30 a.m.||David City - Hruska Library
(Pesticide Training Class at 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.)
Friday, February 10th
|10:00 a.m.||Lindsay - Village Office|
|Wednesday, March 1st||9:30 a.m.||Columbus - Pinnacle Bank (210 E. 23rd)
(Chemigation Training Class at 1:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 7th
|9:00 a.m.||Fremont - UNL Extension Office
(Pesticide Training Class at 1:00 p.m.)
|Thursday, March 9th||1:30 p.m.||David City - Hruska Library
(Pesticide Training Class at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
|Wednesday, March 15th||7:00 p.m.||Mead- ARDC|
|Thursday, March 16th||7:00 p.m.||
Columbus - Ag Park*
* - Ag Park classes will be on the second floor. The entrance is on the south side and is accessible by stairs or elevator.
Online/Take Home Tests
The District encourages agricultural producers to attend certification classes if possible, since district and Extension staff are better able to present the latest information on production agriculture and current water issues being addressed by the Legislature. However, if a producer is unable to attend any of the classes, they can complete an online or take home test instead.
To request access to the online certification test, fill out the information here. When you have submitted your information, a link and password for the test will be emailed to you.
There is no charge for the online test.
Take Home Test
The District offers two different take home tests. One test is geared for agricultural producers, which covers the same general information as the classes, while the second take home test focuses on operators of municipal and industrial water systems.
To request a take home test, contact Water Resources Specialist Russell Oaklund or call (402) 443-4675. There is a $10.00 fee for the take home test.