Agricultural Nutrient Management Program


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    The Agricultural Nutrient Management Program, which is funded by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), provides the following services:

    • Nutrient management plan development for Maryland farmers through a network of nutrient management advisors located in all 23 county Extension offices; and
    • Continuing education and technical support for certified nutrient management consultants and certified farm operators via nutrient management specialists located on the UMCP campus.

    Our Extension nutrient management advisors can also provide:

    Fiscal Year 2021 Priorities

    The following priorities shall guide program delivery:

    1. Farmers with small dairy farms (<300 animal units);
    2. Farmers with pollution problems as identified by Maryland Department of Agriculture;
    3. Farmers participating in the Manure Transport Project and those with a MACS application pending for animal waste storage and poultry mortality composters;
    4. Farmers with animal operations who are existing clientele and whose nutrient management plans require updating; and
    5. First come, first serve for any other farmer who must comply with the Water Quality Improvement Act.

    Farmers who use only commercial fertilizer shall be strongly encouraged to use the fertilizer dealer’s own certified nutrient management consultant.

    Certified farmer operators shall be strongly 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.

    College Park Staff & Nutrient Management Specialists

    David RuppertProgram Coordinator

    • University of Maryland 0116 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742
    • 301-405-1319

    Trish Steinhilber (Retired affiliate), Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Specialist

    • University of Maryland 0116 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742

    Paul ShipleyNutrient Management and Software Technical Support Specialist

    • University of Maryland 0116 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742
    • 301-405-2563

    Emileigh Lucas, Nutrient Management Specialist

    • University of Maryland 0116 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742
    • 301-405-2465

    Brian Kalmbach, Nutrient Management Specialist

    • University of Maryland 0116 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742
    • 301-405-4024

    Elizabeth Abebe, Administrative Assistant

    • University of Maryland 0116 Symons Hall College Park, MD 20742
    • 301-405-1318

    UME Nutrient Management Advisors

    Allegany County

    Ashby Ruddle
    One Commerce Drive
    Cumberland, MD 21502
    Fax: 301-722-4015

    Anne Arundel County

    Kayla Griffith
    97 Dairy Lane
    Gambrills, MD 21054 
    Fax: 410-222-3909

    Baltimore County

    John Daniel Carroll
    1114 Shawan Road, Suite 2
    Cockeysville, MD 21030
    Fax: 410-785-5950

    Calvert County

    Chris Dowell
    30 Duke Street, Room 103
    PO Box 486
    Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    410-535-3662; DC Area: 301-855-1150
    Fax: 410-535-2438

    Caroline County

    Craig Yohn
    9194 Legion Road, Suite 4
    Denton, MD 21629 
    Fax: 410-479-4042

    Carrol County

    Kamil Rosales 
    700 Agricultural Center
    Westminster, MD 21157
    410-386-2760 or 1-888-326-9645
    Fax: 410-876-0132

    Cecil County

    Jenna Talbot
    200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 1500
    Elkton, MD 21921
    Fax: 410-996-5285

    Charles County

    Francis Warring
    9501 Crain Highway, Box 1
    Bel Alton, MD 20611
    301-934-5403; DC Area: 301-753-8195
    Fax: 301-753-1857

    Dorchester County

    Jose Prieto-Figueroa
    501 Court Lane, Room 208
    PO Box 299
    Cambridge, MD 21613-0299
    Fax: 410-228-3868

    Frederick County

    Kaitlyn Fuss
    330 Montevue Lane
    Frederick, MD 21702
    Fax: 301-600-1588

    Garrett County

    Jill Hauser
    1916 Maryland Highway (Suite A)
    Mt. Lake Park, MD 21550
    Fax: 301-334-6961

    Harford County

    Patricia Hoopes
    3535 Conowingo Road
    Street, MD 21154
    Fax: 410-638-3053

    Howard County

    Krista Mitchell
    3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 240
    Ellicott City, MD 21043
    Fax: 410-313-2712

    Kent County

    Jenna Talbot
    Kent County Public Works Complex 
    709 Morgnec Road, Suite 202
    Chestertown, MD 21620
    Fax: 410-778-9075

    Montgomery County

    Natalia Salazar 
    18410 Muncaster Road
    Derwood, MD 20855
    Fax: 301-590-2828

    Prince George's County

    Chris Dowell
    6707 Groveton Drive
    Clinton, MD 20735
    Fax: 301-599-6714

    Queen Anne's County

    Interim: Jenna Talbot

    505 Railroad Ave., Suite 4
    Centreville, MD 21617
    Fax: 410-758-3687

    Somerset County

    Nina Lee Malone
    30730 Park Drive
    Princess Anne, MD 21853
    Fax: 410-651-0806

    St. Mary's County

    Gregory Simpson
    26737 Radio Station Way, Suite E-2
    PO Box 663
    Leonardtown, MD 20650
    Fax: 301-475-4483

    Talbot County

    Craig Yohn
    28577 Mary's Court, Suite 1
    Easton, MD 21601
    Fax: 410-822-5627

    Washington County

    Brian Sweeney
    7303 Sharpsburg Pike
    Boonsboro, MD 21713
    Fax: 301-791-1048

    Wicomico County

    Keri Grant
    PO Box 1836
    28647 Old Quantico Rd
    Salisbury, MD 21801
    Fax: 410-548-5126

    Worcester County

    Kiran Dixit
    PO Box 219
    305 Bank Street
    Snow Hill, MD 21863
    Fax: 410-632-3023



    History of Nutrient Management Planning in Maryland

    Prior to the Chesapeake Bay Agreement, programs already existed to implement some aspects of water quality improvement, but no program was in place to specifically address nutrient management planning. Nutrient management planning is (1) a series of Best Management Practices (BMPs) aimed at reducing nutrient pollution by balancing nutrient inputs with crop nutrient requirements and (2) considered one of the most effective means of controlling excessive nutrient applications.

    Maryland Nutrient Management Program (MNMP)

    In 1989 the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland/Maryland Cooperative Extension established the MNMP. The primary focus of this program was to place 1.4 million acres of Maryland farmland under nutrient management plans by 2000. Nutrient management plans are documents which incorporate soil test results, yield goals, and estimates of residual nitrogen to generate field-by-field recommendations.

    Water Quality Improvement Act (WQIA)

    In 1998 the Maryland legislature enacted the WQIA which mandated sweeping changes for Maryland's agricultural community and land managers, and requires:

    • Nitrogen and phosphorus-based nutrient management plans;
    • Reduction of the phosphorus in manure via feeding regimes;
    • Provisions for transporting animal manure from fields showing excessive phosphorus to fields needing additional nutrients;
    • Increased scrutiny of record keeping; and
    • Additional evaluations of the phosphorus nutrient.
    Licensing, Certification, and Training

    Since 1992, legislation has required the certification of nutrient management consultants and has enabled licensed, private sector nutrient management consultants to play a major role alongside those in the public sector. Certification, examination, and licensing are administered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) in consultation with a Nutrient Management Advisory Committee.

    Continuing education courses are also conducted as a joint effort between the University of Maryland Extension Agricultural Nutrient Management Program and the MDA.

    Maryland Nutrient Management Regulations

    In May 2000, the state of Maryland officially published regulations which guide the implementation of the 1998 Water Quality Improvement Act. A current set of these regulations are posted on the Maryland Department of Agriculture's web site. Below is an overview of the current regulations:

    COMAR 15.20.04 - Nutrient Management Certification and Licensing

    Covers certification and licensing requirements for individuals or businesses who write nutrient management plans.

    COMAR 15.20.05 - Manure Transportation Pilot Project

    Describes the voluntary Manure Transportation Project, a 4-year project intended to facilitate the transport of poultry litter and livestock manure from farms in all areas of the state that are subject to phosphorus over-enrichment.

    COMAR 15.20.06 - Nutrient and Commercial Fertilizer Application Requirements for Agricultural Land and Land, Including State Property, Not Used for Agricultural Purposes

    Describes requirements for persons who apply nutrients to more than ten acres of agricultural land or who apply commercial fertilizer to three or more acres of non-agricultural land or State-owned land.

    COMAR 15.20.07 - Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements

    Requires agricultural operators to develop and implement nitrogen and phosphorus-based nutrient management plans for agricultural operations by certain deadlines.

    COMAR 15.20.08 - Content and Criteria for a Nutrient Management Plan Developed for an Agricultural Operation

    Describes the content requirements for a nutrient management plan, the plan recommendations given by a certified nutrient management consultant and the requirements for implementation of a nutrient management plan by the agricultural operator.

    The Agricultural Nutrient Management Program is funded by the Maryland Department of Agriculture

    MDA Maryland Nutrient Management Manual