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Nutrient Management

Farmers and ranchers around the world have managed excess agricultural residue since they began production for the marketplace.  The lessons learned from the beginning are still applied today.  The character of agriculture has changed markedly in the last few decades.  Herd sizes have been increased to meet demands for animal products.  Large equipment and a broad array of agrichemicals are now used to increase production.  The rapidly expanding population, along with increased consumption of animal products creates a higher awareness and a higher level of need for waste management.

The job of assisting agricultural producers to manage wastes begins with helping them recognize the need to improve their waste management system.  The challenge of helping these producers recognize their needs is shared by many government, university, and private organizations.  The conservation plan and comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP), as a subset, is the producer’s guide for managing and maintaining the resource base.  It is developed following the planning procedures described in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Planning Manual.  Planning is conducted using several references, one of which is the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG), which provides guidelines for addressing water, soil, plant, animal, and air resource concerns.