Nutrient management planning in Georgia: an overview of regulations, education and technical assistance
Bass, T. M.
Risse, L. Mark
Worley, J. W.
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In congruence with Federal strategies, Georgia has adopted the Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) as the method to address non-point source pollution from animal feeding operations. A certified planning specialist is required to write and/or review plans before they can be turned in to the state. It is the philosophy of the Georgia program that all permitted producers should have an understanding of nutrient management, as well as participate in the development of their plan. To achieve this, producers must also complete a 2-day nutrient management and environmental stewardship training course as well as pass a certification exam. In Georgia, multiple agencies and private and public entities are cooperatively addressing needs relating to NMP’s, such as development of regulations, enforcement, education and technical assistance. The bulk of nutrient management plan training, writing/development and technical assistance is currently being handled by the Cooperative Extension Service, both at the state and county level. To date, Georgia has certified approximately 400 operators, accounting for nearly all swine, dairy and poultry farms with liquid waste under the requirement. The Georgia program has been implemented with little cost to the farmer. A perceived strength of the program is the farmer and employee involvement in development of the plan. The lessons learned by Georgia and other states involved in regulated nutrient management can benefit the refinement of current systems as well as the development of new ones.