University of Maryland Extension

Nutrient Management

The University of Maryland Extension’s Agricultural Nutrient Management Program (ANMP) is a component of the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The ANMP was established in 1989 as a cooperative effort between the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). The goal (or mission) of the ANMP is to provide educational opportunities and nutrient management planning services to farmers in Maryland in an effort to reduce the amount of nutrients from agricultural operations that enter the Chesapeake Bay. 

In 1998, the Water Quality Improvement Act (WQIA) was enacted and many changes were brought about which affected Maryland’s agricultural community. Most notable among the changes are the requirement for farmers to obtain and implement a nutrient management plan if they meet either of the following criteria for their agricultural operation:

1)    8 or more animal units (8,000 pounds of live animal weight) or

2)    $2,500 gross annual income from the agricultural operation

Each county extension office has a nutrient management advisor assigned to provide nutrient management–related services to that county’s farmers.  Extension nutrient management advisors can provide:

  • nutrient management plan development for farmers in the counties to which they are assigned,
  • soil analysis for the Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Test (PSNT) and Fall Soil Nitrate Tests (FSNT), and
  • instruction and assistance with manure spreader calibrations and yield goal checks.

For further resources and general information on the ANMP, please visit

For program information and nutrient management planning needs in Somerset County Extension Office, please contact Nina Lee Malone at or 410-651-1350.

The Somerset County Extension Office is located at 30730 Park Drive Princess Anne, MD 21853.


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