Iowa State University's (ISU) agricultural and biosystems engineering department is offering two national courses in April for consultants working in nutrient management.

The first session on the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development Course is scheduled for April 6-8 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines. The course prepares consultants for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification as Technical Service Providers (TSP).

Besides the CNMP course, a one-day course will be held on the Environ-mental Protection Agency's Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation final rule on April 9 at the same location.

Registration for either or both courses is now open. For information on the courses, lodging and registration, go to

Completion of the CNMP Development Course is required for certification as a Technical Service Provider by the Iowa State TSP certification program. If interested in becoming a CNMP Technical Service Provider, certification information is available at

The certification course was jointly developed by Iowa State, the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University, Purdue University, the University of Idaho and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.