Animal Waste Management

Photo of tractor dumping manure.

The goal of animal waste management is to make best use of the nutrients in manure while protecting natural resources.

When managed properly, manure can be a valuable resource on a farm. It can be a source of nutrients for crop production and can improve soil quality. However, if there is insufficient land to use the amount of manure that is produced or if manure is mismanaged, then risks to water supplies and the environment could result.

New Jersey Requirements

The State of New Jersey requires that all livestock farms proactively address and manage non-point source pollution that may originate from livestock operations. All livestock producers must meet the requirements of the Animal Waste Management Rule. See Agricultural Management Practices to learn more.

As a result of this rule many New Jersey livestock farmers are required to develop Animal Waste Management Plans (AWMPs). The following chart describes development of these plans.

Progress of Plan Development

Progress Chart

Educational Meetings

Rutgers Cooperative Extension will provide educational support for those needing to complete AWMPs. Educational meetings around the state about Animal Waste Management Plans (AWMPs) will be scheduled as needed.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences