CNMP Program a National Winner

The Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Certification Program for Technical Service Providers has been selected as the 2003 national winner in the class “Learning Module/Notebook” by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). The recipients of the award are Robert Burns, Lara Moody and George Grandle. Initially, the entry was submitted to the Tennessee Association of County Agricultural Agents (TASAA) where it won at the state level. After winning at the state level, the program was entered into the national competition.

The certification program was developed through the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service and the Tennessee National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS requires CNMPs to be prepared within their agency, or by a certified Technical Service Provider. Due to the stipulations in the 2002 Farm Bill, third party Technical Service Providers are expected to play a vital role in the development of CNMPs. As such, it is important that an adequate number of third party TSPs recognized by NRCS are available to producers to meet this need.

For more information about the CNMP Certification Program for Technical Service Providers and future CNMP Development courses, please visit our CNMP Certification website (

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