manure management structures

Maryland farmers have surpassed the 2015 Goal for adding manure management structures onto farms.

  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Waste Technology Fund provides incentives to companies that demonstrate new technologies on farms and provide alternative strategies for managing animal manure. These technologies generate energy from animal manure, reduce on-farm waste streams, and repurpose manure by creating marketable fertilizer and other products and by-products. *MDA
  • (GPS) technologies allow farmers to vary the rate of fertilizer application across a given field precisely, tailoring the amount applied to a particular portion of a field to the amount needed by the plants growing there. Most growers involved have learned ways to reduce nitrogen use by 50 lbs. per acre or more without reducing profits. *USF&RA
  • The amount of manure moved through the state’s transport program has more than quadrupled since the legislature boosted funding for it in 2012. More than 160,000 tons were transported last year, including nearly 120,000 tons in non-poultry litter and almost 60,000 tons in poultry litter. The total amount transported in 2012 — following years of state budget cuts — was 35,400 tons, almost all of which was poultry litter. *MDA
  • What started out as 15 tons of litter to the acre decades ago, was reduced to 5 tons per acre in the mid-90s. Under the original Phosphorus Site Index used since the early 2000s, most farmers apply at the crop removal rate of 2 tons every 3 years. *MDA
  • Last year, Maryland farmers planted more than 475,000 acres of cover crops. It was the largest cover crop planting in Maryland history. *MDA
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions the National Chicken Council receives about poultry and manure.

State-of-the-art in-vessel composting system  installed at Glamour View Farms in Frederick County to recycle dairy waste.