Burns & Moody Recognized for CNMP Course

Two members of the University of Tennessee Department of Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science received an award from the 2002 Educational Aids Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE). Recognized were Robert T. Burns, an associate professor specializing in waste management, and Lara B. Moody, an Extension assistant specializing in water quality engineering.

Burns and Moody's entry "Animal Waste Management Systems: Comprehensive Nutrient Management (CNMP) Development" received a Blue Ribbon Award at the ASAE's annual international meeting in Chicago. The award was one of two given for Extension Methods nationally.

Animal Waste Management Systems: CNMP Development is taught in conjunction with the Third Party CNMP Certification Program coordinated by the Agricultural Extension Service and the Tennessee Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The course must be attended by anyone seeking certification in Tennessee as a third party CNMP provider. It is also attended by those wishing to further their education in the area of animal waste management. Certified third party CNMP providers are individuals accepted by the NRCS to prepare CNMPs for Tennessee livestock operators.

The three-day course focuses on teaching the knowledge required to prepare a CNMP and provides comprehensive coverage of animal waste management systems. The course includes design of animal waste storage structures, installation and maintenance, of earthen storage structures, dead animal management, strategic planning, nutrient budgeting and removal and more, including emergency action plans and a discussion of sample CNMPs.

The Educational Aids Competition encourages excellence in Extension activities and promotes excellence in educational aids which represents agricultural engineering.

Burns is a graduate of Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tenn. He received each of his three degrees from UT: a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. He lives in Greenback.

Moody is a graduate from Powell Valley High School in Harrogate, Tenn. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from UT and she lives in Knoxville.

Patricia Clarke McDaniels

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