August 14th 2014
As a resource that can have negative effects on the environment, manure must be managed in a responsible way. When managed correctly, manure can improve crop productivity and reduce the demand for commercial fertilizer. In addition, it will limit the negative impact manure and waste have on air, soil, and water quality.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides the following information on completing a required manure management plan1. For more information or to contact the DNR directly, click here or call 515-281-5918.
A manure management plan (MMP) is a tool that aids livestock and poultry producers in properly managing waste associated with their operation. The MMP helps producers determine the following:
An Iowa MMP is required by state law for mid- and large-sized operations and must be filled out and submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
A plan must be submitted by confinement operations that meet any of the following criteria:
Feedlots are not required to fill out a plan unless specifically required to as part of a permit or agreement with the DNR.
Those who run a combination open feedlot and confinement operation must complete an Iowa MMP for the confinement operation if it has an animal capacity of 500 or more.
In addition, federal regulations require combined operations to have a national pollutant discharge elimination system (NEPDS2).
The MMP must meet specific requirements outlined by Iowa law and DNR rules, including the following:
The form and fees associated with each producer’s MMP vary depending on the operation.
An update is required from livestock and poultry producers each year. The annual update should be submitted to the county board(s) of supervisors or the designated area representative and to the DNR.
Individual deadlines remain the same each year, but it is important to note that the DNR no longer sends deadline reminders. Producers can determine when their plan is due by checking the Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) database.
The fee associated with an annual compliance MMP is 15 cents per animal. This fee can be paid when submitting the form.
Producers are required to submit an Iowa MMP with a P-index based on new soil tests every four years. The AFO database will determine when this updated plan is due.
A first-time or original MMP is required for the following operations:
When submitting an original MMP, a $250 fee is required. Other fees associated with an original MMP include indemnity fees, which must be paid when constructing a new facility or changing ownership.
MMP360TM application is an MMP workflow manager from AgSolver, Inc., that has been designed to turn your raw data into a complete MMP form. MMP360 application automatically takes you through the steps required to complete an Iowa MMP, cutting down the time it takes to develop a plan from between four and eight hours to around 30 minutes or less. With the MMP360 tool, you can spend less time taking care of paperwork and more time taking care of your business.
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1. United States Department of Natural Resources. Iowa. Confinement Manure Management. Web. 16 July 2014. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/AnimalFeedingOperations/Confinements/ManureManagement.aspx.
2. United States Department of Natural Resources. Iowa. Current Requirements for Combined Operations with Open Lots and Confinements. Web. 16 July 2014. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/AnimalFeedingOperations/CombinedOperations/CurrentRequirements.aspx.