University of Maryland Extension

Fiscal Year 2018 Priorities

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:

  1.    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.

  2. farmers who have filed a notice of intent (NOI) as a MAFO or who are registered under the MAFO permit who require a current nutrient management plan to complete permit requirements or maintain their permit, respectively;

  3.  farmers with pollution problems or referred as non-compliant by MDA through an enforcement procedure;

  4. farmers participating in the Manure Transport Project and those with a MACS application pending for animal waste storage and poultry mortality composters;

  5. updating nutrient management plans for the existing clientele with animal operations and expired plans developed by the nutrient management advisors; and

  6. first come, first serve for any other farmer who must comply with the Water Quality Improvement Act.

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.

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