Using Web-based Distance Learning Methods to Teach Nutrient Management Planners

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  • 1 Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture.
  • 2 Office of Distance and Continued Learning.
  • 3 Department of Biological Resources Engineering.
  • 4 Wye Research and Education Center.

The State of Maryland Legislature enacted the Water Quality Improvement Act in 1998, which requires all agricultural operations to develop and implement nitrogen- and phosphorus-based nutrient management plans by December 2002. This legislation also mandates the education and training of professionals who will write nutrient management plans, and growers who will implement them. Maryland Cooperative Extension faculty have therefore been charged with developing effective educational programs that will enable nursery and greenhouse industry professionals to achieve these goals and ensure industry compliance with this legislation.

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