Updated: August 27, 2021

Nutrient Management

The University of Maryland Extension Nutrient Management Program assists farmers with the Water Quality Act created to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by applying fertilizers, animal manure, and other nutrient sources in an effective and environmentally sound manner.

Nutrient Management Plans-Farmers are required to have an up-to-date nutrient management plan written by a licensed planner. There are private consultants available to write plans for a fee, or free plans can be generated through the University of Maryland Extension. Contact your Extension office for more information on getting a nutrient management plan written.

Nutrient Voucher-Maryland nutrient applicators are required under the 1998 Water Quality Act to follow guidelines on fertilizer and manure applications. Farmers applying nutrients (synthetic or organic) to 10 or more acres of land are required to have a current Nutrient Management Voucher. Vouchers are obtained by attending an approved 2-hour training course once every three years. Farmers who are certified to prepare their own nutrient management plans are exempt from this requirement. The University of Maryland Extension offers several voucher training sessions throughout the year.

2020/21 Nutrient Voucher and Farm Operator Credits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maryland Extension has planned several options for you to obtain credits.

Option 1: Attend an online training at any one of the eleven virtual crop meetings planned from December through February. Please visit https://extension.umd.edu/resource/row-crop-and-forage-production-meetings to register and view the full agendas for each meeting. 

Option 2: Watch prerecorded online webinars at your own pace. You can pick and choose which webinars are of interest to you to obtain the needed credit hours. Complete the request form at https://go.umd.edu/pestandnutrient including your name and contact information. You will be asked to click on what training you are interested in and then be directed to the video series. These are best watched on a tablet or laptop as there are questions embedded in each video.

Option 3: Some small in-person trainings will happen around the state. Space will be limited and, registration will be required. Contact your local Extension office for more information. 

Other resources

Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future. The site is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information. Read more

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