In 2010, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) started the process to revise the state's twenty-year-old Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan to better align it with current water resource conditions and program resources. A Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan Advisory Committee was formed to assist the MDA in the revision process, a process that is expected to take 18 to 24 months. Statewide public hearings will be part of the revision process.
The Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan is a strategy for protecting Minnesota's water resources from being harmed by nitrogen fertilizer use. Created in 1990, the plan has a three-phased approach:
Read the 1990 Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan.
Voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) form the core of the 1990 Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan. Based on University of Minnesota field research, the BMPs are organized according to five regions of the state and for nitrogen use on coarse-textured soils and irrigated crops. The BMPs include such practices as accounting for all sources of nitrogen when setting rates, timing nitrogen applications for optimum use, and use of nitrification inhibitors.
The Nitrogen Fertilizer BMPs were developed in 1990 and updated in 2007-08. They are available as University of Minnesota Extension publications.
Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan Coordinator
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com