Manure is more than waste to dispose of, it’s a valuable soil amendment and fertilizer for healthy crops. However, manure can be costly to spread and can become a pollutant if not properly managed.
Animal Waste Storage Facilities are made by constructing an embankment and/or excavating a pit, or by fabricating a manmade structure. The agricultural by-products are then stored in order to maximize their use as soil amendments in an environmentally safe manner.
Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs) or Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) help the farmer to use agricultural by-products in a way that maximizes the agronomic benefit or the manure with reducing environmental impacts. They take into consideration resource concerns related to soil erosion, livestock manure, soil type and slope, crop rotations, and chemical fertilizer to develop a unique and comprehensive plan for the livestock producer.
Funding is available for CNMPs through EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) through NRCS.
Do you need to store some of the manure in the field before its spread. Make sure you this Manure Stockpiling Job Sheet to prevent a spill event in a local stream.