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Oct 16, 2018

Is it time for a revision of the Manure Management Manual?

Oct 15, 2018

Obtaining a representative soil sample is the critical first step in a sound soil sampling and testing program.

Oct 1, 2018

The purpose of this article is to clarify the requirements for addressing poultry operations with outside access in an Act 38 Nutrient Management Plan (NMP). Specifically, the requirements apply to poultry operations that allow birds to have access to a fenced in area outside of the poultry house or barn.

Sep 27, 2018

This article provides notice that the “What Type of Plan Do You Need for Your Farm?” factsheet has been updated to reflect the new standard animal weights that will become effective on October 1, 2019.

Sep 24, 2018

The Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Education Program has posted training and registration information for the Spring 2019 certification trainings.

Sep 12, 2018

Many Act 38 specialists come into the Nutrient Management Program not having a farm background. And those who do may not be familiar with the entire spectrum of Pennsylvania’s diverse agriculture. Ag 101: Understanding Pennsylvania Farm Operations is an excellent and recommended resource to learn the basics about livestock, poultry and crop production in Pennsylvania.

Aug 28, 2018

This article provides clarification on the submission of CAFO Nutrient Management Plans (NMP) and supporting documents to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This guidance is both for NMP writers and NMP reviewers.

Aug 27, 2018

This article is to remind provisional commercial and review specialists that nutrient management plans (NMPs) that are developed or reviewed for final certification must be the first NMPs that the specialist works on and submits for credit toward final certification.

Aug 23, 2018

This article provides information relating to the new Standard Animal Weights in the Act 38 Nutrient Management Program, effective October 1, 2019, and how they may impact Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

Aug 6, 2018

The Nutrient Management Program has released an update to NMP Spreadsheet to Version 6.2 – June 2018. The updated planning tool, NMP Spreadsheet Version 6.3 – August 2018 has been posted on the PA Nutrient Management Program website.

Jul 30, 2018

This article details where Nutrient Management Specialist (NMS) and others can find detailed frequently asked questions (FAQ) on how the new standard animal weights will affect Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) operations.

Jul 10, 2018

The purpose of this article is to provide information regarding the differences between the Act 38 and Chapter 91 Manure Storage setback requirements.

Jul 3, 2018

This article provides information about the requirement for delegated Conservation Districts (CDs) to provide educational outreach on the Odor Management Program (OM program) to Concentrated Animal Operations (CAOs) and Concentered Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that are expanding or constructing new animal housing or manure storage facilities.

Jun 19, 2018

The Nutrient Management Program has released an update to NMP Spreadsheet to Version 6.1 – December 2017. The updated planning tool, NMP Spreadsheet Version 6.2 – June 2018 has been posted on the PA Nutrient Management Program website.

Jun 18, 2018

Livestock growers are reminded to review the revised Standard Animal Weights for Act 38 and determine the effect on their farms. The new weights take effect October 1, 2019.

May 11, 2018

This article provides information about the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) General Permit (PAG-12) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Staffing Changes.

Apr 2, 2018

This article provides guidance on Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans and the soil loss numbers that must be used in the Pennsylvania Phosphorous Index - Appendix 5 of the Act 38 Nutrient Management Plan.

Mar 29, 2018

The Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Education Program has posted training and registration information for the Fall 2018 certification trainings.

Mar 27, 2018

The Animal Agriculture Education Project has launched Part II of the Animal Agriculture, Manure Management and Water Quality series of educational modules to increase understanding and knowledge about water quality protection and animal feeding operations.

Feb 5, 2018

An update was made on February 2, 2018 to the NBS Standard Format Version 4.2 Spreadsheet and recently posted on the PA Nutrient Management website.