Certification Options

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.

The District offers agricultural producers the opportunity to attend certification classes and encourages all new producers to attend a class. If you have attended in the past, an online test or take home test can be alternative for certification. For additional options regarding certification, please visit with Daryl or Russell by calling 402-443-4675.


2024 Nitrogen Certification and Water Management Classes

Certification classes are held at various locations throughout the District each year. 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 LPNNRD staff in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension personnel.

The classes are free and no pre-registration 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 Oakland or call (402) 443-4675.

Date & Time:  Location
Tuesday, January 16
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
UNL Extension Office – Dodge County
1206 West 23rd Street
Thursday, February 1
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center
1071 Road G
Thursday, February 8
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lindsay Town Hall
121 Pine Street
Friday, February 16
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Platte County Ag Park
822 15th Street
Thursday, February 22
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Butler County Event Center
62 L Street
David City
Thursday, March 14
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center
1071 Road G


Study Material and
Best Management Practices

The links below provide additional information for producers.

Online Test

If you are unable to attend one of the training classes to obtain or renew your nitrogen certification from the LPNNRD, you can complete an online test instead.

To request access to the online certification test, fill out the information below. 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.