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Attention Certified Crop Advisors

Water Quality Coalitions Seeking CCAs to Train Members on Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans

Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions are seeking highly motivated CCAs to train their members to complete an Irrigation & Nitrogen Management Plan (INMP). CCAs will be hired to give half-day training sessions at locations throughout the Central Valley. Interested CCAs must first complete a training process designed by the University of California.

The curriculum being used for the grower trainings was developed in cooperation with the University of California and California Department of Food and Agriculture and is approved by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for use in this program.

Regulatory Background

Growers who belong to Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions are under requirements per the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) to keep "on farm" an Irrigation & Nitrogen Management Plan (INMP) to track nitrogen fertilizer applications. If they farm irrigated crop land that is "highly vulnerable" to nitrate leaching, each INMP must be certified by:

  1. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) with an NMP or INMP Certification
  2. Certified Professional Agronomist or Soil Scientist
  3. Technical Service Provider certified in nutrient management by NRCS
  4. Grower certified via participation in a training program that is approved by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Executive Officer.

Growers who choose option 4, self-certification, will need to attend sessions with content presented by CCAs who have gone through this training process. Upon completion, growers will be certified to sign off on their own INMP.

Project Management and Funding

This project is managed by CURES and funded by the Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions. CURES facilitates the CCA training process and coordinates placement of CCAs into coalition grower events. CCAs are usually paid $500 per grower training event. This amount is subject to change. Exact payments must be discussed with the hosting Coalition.

To sign up for a curriculum training session, please contact:

Kayla Cathers at 916-798-8003 or kayla.cathers@curesworks.org

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