The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 28, 2014

Manure Management Planning

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Despite the recent weather, spring will be here before we know it. For farmers this means the busy season of planting. Before the planting season begins, the slower winter is a perfect time to catch up on paperwork and planning. One piece of planning that has gained attention recently is the Manure Management Plan. While most people would rather not have more paperwork to do, a Manure Management Plan is required by law.

Anyone that raises livestock or spreads manure must have a written manure management plan.

A Manure Management Plan is also a useful planning tool. The nutrients found in manure have value as fertilizer for crops, but can be harmful to both surface and groundwater. A Manure Management Plan can help to ensure manure stays in the field and out of our streams and drinking water.

Farmers do not need to develop their plan from scratch. The Union County Conservation District currently offers to Union County residents a compliance workbook that contains a Manure Management Manual and all the required forms to write a manure management plan. The Conservation District is also available to explain the manual and answer any questions you may have.

The time to prepare for spring is now. Call the District at (570) 524-3860 to get a workbook.