SUBJECT:   WI NRCS guidance for planning and certification requirements of Nutrient Management Practice (590) for fiscal year (FY) 16.

Purpose:  To provide a focus on the application of nutrient management, the awareness of risk assessment, and to place the incentive for nutrient management on positively impacting nutrient balancing.

Expiration Date:  Until Replaced


Traditionally, clients seeking their first program payment for 590 provided documentation of a soil sample and written nutrient management plan. With the NRCS focusing on planning ahead of contracting; there is a need for increasing awareness of proper risk assessment and nutrient balancing which will result in different documentation requirements for program payments for 590 plan development and for 590 plan implementation.


For 590 Plan development, the initial soil sample and nutrient management plan will be required as part of a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP), or an equivalent component plan, beginning in FY 16.  Applicants  seeking 590 in an EQIP Contract for FY 16, must have an approved CAP 102, CAP 104, or equivalent component plan to screen above a Low Priority for any application containing 590.  The component plan, or CAP, must be signed by a CCA certified nutrient management  or by a certified NRCS planner with background  in nutrient management planning.  All CAPS, or equivalent component plans, must meet NRCS 590 Standards and Specifications, which includes UW approved soil testing protocol.

Applicants selected for 590 Plan implementation in FY 16 will be required to tum in records and complete the current Nutrient Management Job Sheet in order to qualify for payments. SNAP+ records will supplement documentation by the participant showing evidence they have been accurately recording the quantity and location of nutrient applications, along with following all restrictions according to the 590 Plan. In addition, RUSLE2 so