New on-line recordkeeping program
January 28, 2009 by ScoringAg
January 28, 2009, Bradenton, FL – ScoringAg is offering an easy-to-use,
low-cost solution to meet new recordkeeping requirements from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA).
ScoringAg’s web-based record keeping system provides Site-Specific Recordkeeping™ and site records that are designed to be in full compliance with these new CAFO regulations, which come into effect Feb. 27.
By using a unique location code (PIDC – Premises IDentification Code) for specific sites around the world, Site-Specific Recordkeeping™ allows the farmer or rancher to keep track of critical activities, land treatment history, and soil test results over time (such as application of manure, litter, processed waste water, or other treatments), as well as notes on weather conditions, test methods and sample records, spills, and other information required by the CAFO regulations – in real time, and as part of the on-line system without any other special software or other on-site records.
Detailed location records for each PIDC in ScoringAg are available for all significant location characteristics, and each record provides more than adequate detail to meet the new EPA CAFO regulations. While the EPA has been regulating CAFO’s for more than 30 years, the rules impose large fines for failure to meet a zero discharge standard and failure to use Site Specific manure and agronomic recordkeeping management plans to prevent runoff of excess nutrients into US waters.
Soil records detail characteristics and soil groups, climate zones, elevation, and growth types for each unique PIDC or location site. The annual land location profile records contain details on topography, manure sources, irrigation types, farming types, and soil test results. Soil/manure nutrient test records detail the test collector name, test name and number, the record type, sample data details and test date, soil/field test results, manure test results, and chemical analysis results.
Water source records contain the type of allocation rights, size of the source, discharge test and source during discharge, and water and irrigation sources listed by type at the location. Local weather conditions records for the specific sites provide weather profile, precipitation history, and climate history (temperature/wind) for specific years. Inadvertent spills and leakages records maintain occurrences history by date, amount, the type of liquid/solid/sludge, reason for the occurrence, hazard assessment, cleanup requirements, and authorities contacted. The field/plant crop history records keep track of crop, seed (varieties), and planting details by location size and planting year, crop classification (GMO type, treated, or organic), cultivation type, harvest date, and yield and grazing history.
All records in ScoringAg are specific to the field, manure storage facility, or other type of location, allowing the site operator to be precise about activities, applications, and results. The farmer and rancher is also assured that all records in the ScoringAg database remain exclusively private and under complete control of the site owner at all times. However, at the owner’s option, these records can be printed when needed and are completely detailed reports in accordance with the regulations. In addition, records in ScoringAg can be transferred to the new landowner if the property is sold or leased.