Nutrient management planning priorities for the Agricultural Nutrient Management Program are stated in a formal agreement between the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the University of Maryland. The following priorities shall guide program delivery:
farmers who have filed a notice of intent (NOI) as a CAFO
a. and whose CNMP is currently being prepared by their Soil Conservation District (SCD), or
b. who have a previously developed CNMP whose nutrient management component required updating.
Farmers who use only fertilizer shall be strongly encouraged to use the fertilizer dealer’s own certified nutrient management consultant.
Certified farmer operators shall be highly encouraged to write their own nutrient management plans. Planning assistance to certified farmer operators and certified nutrient management consultants will be provided by UME nutrient management specialists.