The Manure Management Project
In 2020, the PCCD received a grant from the USDA to develop a comprehensive program about manure management for small farms and livestock producers.
The objective of this project is to bring education and awareness to manure management. Manure can contribute to the pollution of wetlands and waterways and has the potential to become a nuisance. Proper management can help avoid these problems to the benefit of the producer and the community.
As a part of this project, the Plymouth County Conservation District hosted three workshops and worked with the NRCS to provide technical assistance to producers.
This program drew to a close on June 30 2022, but you can still find useful resources below.
A Crash Course in Manure Management
Manure Management is an art and a science. It often takes a producer some trial and error before they find a technique that satisfies their needs, their neighbors and the environment.
Manure has a lot of potential to be more then just a pile. It can be used a valuable soil amendment in home gardens or spread on fields. Some producers are even able to turn a profit on their manure. Some are less lucky and their manure becomes a source of conflict between them, their neighbors and the town. With a little bit of research and experimenting, you too can figure out what works for you, while avoiding any trouble.
To help on your quest for a environment-friendly and conflict-free manure pile, we've developed a series of fact sheets and collected some different resources to help speed your journey along!