Livestock manure has always been an important source of fertilizer for crops in Ohio. However, Ohio agriculture is under increasing environmental, social, and economic pressure to apply manure in ways that maximize the utilization of nutrients, protect surface and ground water, and provide assurance to the public that steps are being taken to prevent pollution from affecting their health and the environment.

While many of Ohio's livestock operations have developed written plans or strategies to properly utilize manure, the majority have not. There are many possible reasons for this lack of planning. However, few producers have had the expertise, training or tools needed to help them develop their own nutrient management plans.

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