The Manure Management Education Project assists small and hobby farmers/livestock owners to understand and adopt best management practices for handling and using manure. Free manure management workshops were held in New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Technical assistance in manure management was provided to workshop participants upon request.
The Manure Management Education project is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Solid Waste Management Grant. The goal of the project is to decrease water pollution and enhance solid waste management by promoting the proper management of manure on small and hobby farms.
Small and hobby farms — farms with minimal acreage and a few animals for recreation or for side income — are often owned by people who have little or no farming experience. This sector is rapidly growing and accounts for a high percentage of farms around the Northeast. Due to insufficient knowledge, manure management is frequently overlooked as a stewardship responsibility. Small livestock farms may remain unknown to agricultural agents because they do not require permitting. Moreover, staffing for agricultural technical assistance is limited due to state and federal budgets.
Resources provided through the Manure Management Project:
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