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Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP)

Plan Development Resources and References

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) are conservation plans unique to livestock operations.   These plans document practices and strategies adopted by  livestock operations to address natural resource concerns related to soil erosion, livestock manure and disposal of organic by-products.

The development of a CNMP begins with a comprehensive engineering and conservation planning resource assessment of current site conditions. Management options and structural alternatives are developed to address resource concerns identified during the assessment.

Information regarding the CNMP Technical Criteria, including format and content, is located in National Instruction 190-304.

Photo of NRCS District Conservationist Rick Lange discussing a nutrient management plan with a local LCD employee.

    Facts for Farmers   

      Why Farmers are Choosing CNMPs  
      What is a CNMP? 

      Presentations from CNMP Webinar (3/8/2010)

Tools for Developing a CNMP in Wisconsin

The following documents require Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Excel.

Planning Tools

  • Inventory Worksheets (Inventories are best completed when the agronomist and the engineer inventory the site concurrently.)


Reference Documents

Archived Agronomic Components for NMPs
Archived NRCS Engineering Standards and Specifications (Ag Waste Related)

Nutrient Management Plan Tools

Quality Assurance Documents

Agricultural Performance Standards and Prohibitions (DNR)