Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning
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Overview

Qualified, certified planners develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs), which evaluate all aspects of farm production and offer conservation practices that help achieve production and natural resource conservation goals for farm businesses.

As part of the AEM initiative, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, with guidance from other partner agencies, established a comprehensive certification process to ensure that certified planners from both the public and private sectors are available and qualified to meet the high standards for CNMP development and implementation.

CNMPs are the foundation for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s environmental regulatory program to control potential water pollution from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) under state General Permit GP-04-04. They are also a requirement for farms seeking federal or state cost-sharing to construct manure storage structures. A CNMP can also be developed and implemented by any livestock farm seeking to maximize production while efficiently managing their natural resources and protecting the environment.

Evaluation of Existing Vegetated Treatment Areas

Vegetated Treatment Areas (VTA) are utilized on many farms for the treatment of process waste water and runoff from many sources including silage leachate, milking centers, compost pads, calf hutch areas, etc. Some on-farm vegetated treatment areas may also have been installed without being designed by a qualified professional. The New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (SBEL) of the New York State Education Department regulates professional engineering in New York. They define the practice of the profession of engineering as performing professional engineering service where the safeguarding of life and health is concerned. Therefore vegetated treatment areas are required to be designed by an engineer licensed to practice in New York State (PE) or by a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employee with appropriate job approval authority.

Evaluation of Undesigned Manure and Wastewater Transfer Systems

On-farm manure and wastewater transfer systems may have been installed without being designed by a qualified professional. The New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (SBEL) of the New York State Education Department regulates professional engineering in New York. They define the practice of the profession of engineering as performing professional engineering service where the safeguarding of life and health is concerned. Therefore, waste transfer systems are required to be designed by an engineer licensed to practice in New York State (PE) or by a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employee with appropriate job approval authority.

Evaluation of Undesigned Waste Storage Facilities

CAFO permits require an Agricultural waste management plan that meets NRCS standards. Some Waste Storage Facilities on farms have not been designed or installed under the direction of an engineer or NRCS employee with the appropriate Job approval authority. This guide describes the recommended evaluation process to help determine if a waste storage facility that has no records of being designed or has no As-Built documentation substantially meets the standard. This Guide does not apply to new practices installed under a CAFO permit.

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Additional Resources

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    CNMP Brochure

    A Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) is a conservation plan unique to animal feeding operations. It is designed to evaluate all aspects of farm production and offer conservation practices that help achieve production and natural resource conservation goals.

     

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    CNMP Fact Sheet 2: Conservation Assistance Notes

    This fact sheet provides guidance to Certified Planners in New York State in properly documenting their Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) activities and client decisions through the use of conservation assistance notes. Conservation assistance notes are an important and required component of a CNMP.

     

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