What resources are available to help CAFOs develop their nutrient management plans (NMPs)?
EPA has awarded $8 million in federal grants for providing technical assistance to livestock operators, including animal feeding operations, for the prevention of water discharges and reduction of air emissions. Under these grants, CAFOs can obtain an NMP at no cost to the operator. For more information, see CLEANmp East and CLEANmp West. The Manure Management Planner (MMP) software program, under development by a grant from EPA and USDA to Purdue University, is a computer program that will assist permitting authorities and producers in NMP development. MMP is currently being adopted by the majority of states and is tailored to the state’s technical standards. MMP supports 34 states and has been recently updated to include phosphorus indexes and other phosphorus risk assessment tools for 22 of these states. This program is free for use by all operators. For additional information and to download the MMP software, see the Purdue University Web site at Manure Management Planner Home. In