Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Guidance for Planners

The farmer led AEM team at work on a plan in St. Lawrence County. Photo: Barb Silvestri, NYSSWCC


A Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) is a conservation plan, unique to animal feeding operations, designed to evaluate all aspects of farm production and offer conservation practices that help achieve production and natural resource conservation goals. As part of the AEM initiative the NYS Soil & Water Conservation Committee, with guidance from other partner agencies, established a comprehensive certification process to ensure that certified planners from both the public and private sectors are available and qualified to meet the high standards for CNMP development and implementation.

CNMPs are the foundation for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservationís environmental regulatory program to control potential water pollution from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) under State General Permit GP-04-04, and are also a requirement for farms seeking federal or state cost-sharing to construct a manure storage structures. However, a CNMP can also be developed and implemented by any livestock farm seeking to maximize production, while efficiently managing their natural resources and protecting the environment.

CNMPs help farmers determine the best time and place to apply fertilizers for maximum benefit to crops and to minimize impact on water quality. Photo: USDA-NRCS


CNMP Process Guidelines | pdf

Evaluation of Undesigned Waste Storage Facilities | pdf

Evaluation of Vegetated Treatment Areas | pdf

Evaluation of Waste Transfer Systems | pdf

CNMP Fact Sheets

  • CNMP Annual Updates | pdf
  • Assistance Notes | pdf
  • Emergency Action Plans | pdf
A certified CNMP is required to be eligible for federal and state cost-share assistance to construct nutrient storage structures such as the one shown here. Photo: USDA-NRCS


Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement & Control Grant Program

This newly constructed barnyard runoff management system in the New York City Watershed will help keep nutrients from washing into nearby streams, keep the barnyard dryer, while also improving herd health. Photo: Greene County SWCD

Outreach Materials

CNMP Brochure | pdf

While CNMPs are required for certain livestock operations many choose to invest in a CNMP to maximize production, while efficiently managing their natural resources. Photo: Barb Silvestri, NYSSWCC


AEM Certified Planner Directory | pdf