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Understanding your nutrient management plan


December 5, 2008
By Marg Land

November 27, 2008, Skowhegan, ME – Do you have a nutrient management
plan for your farm? When was the last time you looked at your nutrient
management plan? Is it gathering dust on a shelf in your milk room?

November 27, 2008, Skowhegan, ME – Do you have a nutrient management plan for your farm? When was the last time you looked at your nutrient management plan? Is it gathering dust on a shelf in your milk room?

If you have 50 or more animals on your farm, the State of Maine requires you to have a certified plan for the nutrients those animals produce. It is a landowners’ responsibility to keep this plan up to date and accurate.

Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a workshop – Understanding Your Nutrient Management Plan – to assist farmers, landowners, and the general public in recognizing the responsibility that goes along with the plan.

Mark Hedrich, nutrient management coordinator for the Maine Department of Agriculture, will speak about how to stay in compliance with state regulation, rules and mandates and how those apply specifically to your operation. He will further explain the complaint process and penalties for non-compliance.

Laura Suomi-Lecker, technical director of SCSWCD, will highlight key points of plans and how to interpret them for your operation. Topics covered will include the whole farm budget, record keeping, and spreading rates. She will also answer questions specific to these plans.

Kevin White, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will also be on hand to explain the nutrient management requirements necessary for applying for federal funding assistance programs.

The workshop will be held at the Skowhegan Community Center on Tuesday, December 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and space is limited. Pre-register by sending check or money order to SCSWCD, 12 High Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976. Questions can be directed to Carol Weymouth by calling 474-8324 x 102.


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