Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning
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The concept of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning (CNMP) was introduced by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). It is anticipated that the CNMP will serve as a cornerstone of environmental plans assembled by animal feeding operations to address federal and state regulations. EPA and NRCS guidelines for CNMP are given in Table 1.
|Table 1. Summary of Issues addressed by a CNMP as initially defined by EPA's Guidance|
|Planning components of CNMP||Issues addressed|
|A manure handling and storage plan||
|Land application plan||
|Site management plan||Soil conservation practices that minimize movement of soil and manure components to surface and groundwater|
|Record keeping||Manure production, utilization, and export to off-farm users|
|Other utilization options||Alternative safe manure utilization strategies such as sale of manure, treatment technologies, or energy generation|
|Feed management plan||Alternative feed programs to minimize the nutrients in manure|