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National Program 206: Manure and Byproduct Utilization
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NP 206 Accomplishment Report (2003 - 2008)




Manure and Byproduct Utilization is one of 22 National Programs within USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS). These National Programs are organized within four broad areas: Animal Production and Protection (APP); Crop Production and Protection (CPP); Nutrition, Food Safety/Quality (NFSQ); and Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (NRSAS).  The Manure and Byproduct Utilization National Program is part of NRSAS, but interactions also occur with researchers in the other three areas. The National Program structure allows ARS to link scientists in laboratories around the country to address research problems of regional and national interest.


According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, over one billion tons of agricultural (e.g., manure), municipal (e.g. biosolids), and industrial (e.g. coal combustion products) wastes with potential uses in agriculture are generated annually in the United States. Many of these materials are spread, sprayed or otherwise applied to agricultural land because of the benefits they provide. These benefits include: providing a nutrient source for crops; improving soil chemical, physical and biological properties; improving soil water storage and use; reducing movement of contaminants to water and air; and reducing production costs and energy use. However, improperly managed manure and other byproducts can pose a threat to soil, water and air quality, and to human and animal health.


The goal of the Manure and Byproduct Utilization National Program is to effectively and safely manage and use manure and other byproducts while protecting the environment and human and animal health.  This goal is achieved by characterizing potential hazards, developing treatment practices and systems to alleviate problems, and providing information and decision support tools for technology transfer to scientists, extension agents, action agencies, producers, regulators, and policy makers.  Sustainable agriculture depends on effective management of manure and byproducts.

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Previous Accomplishment Report(s)

NP 206 Accomplishment Report (1999 - 2003)


Last Modified: 11/12/2008
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