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Sep 22, 2017

Version 10 of the Pennsylvania Act 38 Nutrient Management Program Technical Manual has been approved by the State Conservation Commission and has been made available on the Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Program website. The official release date is October 2017.

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Sep 19, 2017

The purpose of this article is to remind Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) writers and reviewers of when and how on-farm operational records should be used in determining the amount of collected manure to allocate when a NMP is developed.

Sep 14, 2017

On May 9, 2017, the State Conservation Commission (SCC) approved new standard animal groups and animal weights that will be used by the Act 38 Nutrient Management Program to determine whether a Pennsylvania livestock or poultry operation is affected by Act 38 and required to develop and implement an Act 38 nutrient management plan.

Jun 19, 2017

The purpose of this article is to clarify soil testing requirements for Act 38 nutrient management plans (NMPs).

May 31, 2017

The purpose of this article is to remind Nutrient Management Specialists (NMS) of the winter planning requirement for manure storages on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

May 17, 2017

The purpose of this article is to remind Nutrient Management Specialists (NMS) and Odor Management Specialists (OMS) on the different requirements for Animal Equivalent Unit (AEU) Calculations when it comes to animal weights.

Apr 17, 2017

The Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Education Program has posted training and registration information for the Fall 2017 certification trainings.

Jan 30, 2017

The purpose of this article is to remind Odor Management Plan (OMP) writers of the requirements of their clients (Farm Operator) to notify the Commission of the need for a post-construction inspection of the animal housing and/or manure storage facility.

Jan 25, 2017

On January 24, 2017 the State Conservation Commission (SCC) approved Interim Standard Animal Weights for Breeder Poultry to be used in the Act 38 Nutrient and Odor Management Program.

Jan 18, 2017

The purpose of this article is to remind plan writers and plan reviewers of the importance of accurately identifying wells and properly identifying those wells on the Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) and Nutrient Balance Sheet (NBS) maps.

Oct 21, 2016

The Nutrient Management Program has released NMP Spreadsheet 5.2 – October 2016. Several updates were added to resolve identified issues and provide additional information.

Oct 17, 2016

The Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Education Program has posted training and registration information for the Spring 2017 certification trainings.

Sep 22, 2016

Where do I start? Beginning Act 38 nutrient management plan writers, when faced with writing their first nutrient management plans, are understandably met with a daunting task. The Nutrient Management Education Program has provided a key resource to assist new plan writers in the process.

Sep 21, 2016

The purpose of this article is to remind both Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) writers and reviewers of the Act 38 requirements, procedures and actions for NMP Triennial Reviews.

Sep 21, 2016

The purpose of this article is a reminder to both NMP Writers and Reviewers on NMP submission requirements.

Sep 1, 2016

The purpose of this article is to clear up confusion concerning freeboard, why it is required and how much freeboard is required to be maintained for agricultural waste storage facilities.

Aug 22, 2016

Yesterday I received a call from Washington DC and an investigator from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was on the line. Since OSHA does not routinely deal with agriculture I braced myself to hear what the call subject would be. The call was prompted by the unfortunate death of a farm worker who was standing on top of a liquid manure spreader tank as it was filling up. The cause of death was asphyxiation associated with hydrogen sulfide gas. The representative was hoping to understand what normal manure handling equipment and practices are since she had not run into this type of accident in the past.

Aug 15, 2016

The purpose of this article is to explain the county service listings for commercial nutrient management or odor management specialists and how to have your name placed on those lists.

Jul 8, 2016

A point of discussion for many years has been that Act 38 Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs) are too large and complex for operators to understand and implement. The complete NMP, with all the appendices and supplements, can be a large document.