Nutrient Management Program

Plan Implementation

A nutrient management plan should be implemented for any farm in operation. Nutrient management seeks to balance nutrient application and crop removal of nutrients, while attempting to prevent excess nutrient runoff from entering groundwater and waterways. 

Voluntary nutrient management plans can help all farmers: 

  • Improve farm profits
  • Manage nutrients
  • Protect the environment
  • Provide some protection from liability


District Activities

The District is dedicated to helping farmers and landowners in preserving our natural resources for future generations in Wayne County. Below is a list of some of our Ag activities:

  • Best management practices planning and implementation
  • Complaint response and investigation
  • Compliance assistance
  • Information and education outreach
  • Nutrient Management Plan development and review


Nutrient Management Act 38

The Wayne Conservation District has a Level II delegated agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection to participate in the Nutrient Management Program (Act 38).

The Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Act Requires all concentrated animal operations (CAOs) or animal operations that have 2,000 pounds or 2.0 AEUs(AEU-1000 pounds of animal on a typical production day) per acre available for manure to develop and submit a nutrient management plan to the conservation district for review and approval. 

Available acreage includes all rented and owned crop, hay and pasture land. While farms classified as CAOs are required to have and implement nutrient management plans, all other farms are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the program.