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Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan

NRCS can assist livestock producers in developing a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP). Through this process, the producer and the NRCS evaluate nutrient management considerations and prepare alternatives that meet producer objectives and protect water resources.

The CNMP is a flexible planning process that can be crafted to fit livestock operations of all sizes. A CNMP addresses nutrient management, land treatment, manure and wastewater storage and handling, and includes considerations for recordkeeping, feed management, and alternative use strategies.

While NRCS works with livestock owners on a voluntary basis, a CNMP can also help meet requirements of federal or state regulation.

A CNMP addresses all aspects associated with manure and land application from an AFO where manure is handled, stored, and/or applied to land. CNMPs for CAFOs are modified to provide the added components of a regulatory Nutrient Management Plan.

The NRCS eFOTG provides the most current Waste Utilization conservation practice standards and their associated specifications. These documents, along with the Montana Phosphorus Index vulnerability assessment tool, are intended for use by those individuals (both public and private) that may develop or assist in the development of Comprehensive Nutrient Management plans.

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