Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning
As the name implies, a CNMP is a “comprehensive” and detailed farm plan which includes professional field and farmstead maps, a plan for balancing and handling manure (nutrient management), an assessment of the farm’s resource concerns and a snapshot of the farm’s fertility. As part of the process, ACS independent certified planners include a good deal of professional judgement for improvements in all these areas.
ACS develops, on average about 30-40 CNMP’s a year. Most of our CNMP work is in New York and Pennsylvania, but ACS planners are certified in a number of other states. Each state has their own rules and regulations for CNMP’s making plan development in multiple states quite challenging.
Many CNMP’s are developed for farms who are recieving funding assistance through their local Natural Resources Conservation Office (NRCS). ACS works closely with these local and state NRCS offices to be sure state requirements are met, and that as a team, we have identified the primary resource concerns that need to be addressed in developing the plan.
Once a CNMP is developed, it can lead to additional funding opportunities for things like manure storage, fencing, or barnyard improvements.