Advanced manure standards for sustainable nutrient management and reduced emissions
Agriculture releases large amounts of nutrients into the Baltic Sea, with a significant amount of emissions from animal manure. In this project, policy makers, authorities, advisors, farmers and researchers create, test and implement tools to determine manure standards for farming practices and policy instruments. The new manure standards are to improve nutrient recycling and reduce nutrient inflow in the Baltic Sea.
A reliable basis for better use of manure
Efficient management of manure is an important way to reduce nutrient loading to the Baltic Sea. Valuable manure nutrients should be recycled more effectively. Reliable information on manure quantity and quality is a prerequisite for resource-efficient manure management, fertilization and processing into new products.
Baltic-wide cooperation for advanced manure standards
All Baltic Sea countries have own systems for determining manure quantity and quality. This results in variable, incomparable manure data across the region. The project MANURE STANDARDS develops new Baltic guidelines for manure data provision. They are to improve the comparability of manure data, transparency of the national systems, allowing the countries to learn from each other, and guarantee a level playing field for practical manure use and manure policies. The project also assesses the impact of using this new manure data on the environment and farm economy.
Benefit to farmers, advisors, policymakers, research and business
The improved quality and the comparability of manure data allows for more precise manure fertilization plans and farm-level nutrient book keeping. It also serves as a tool towards more effective policy instruments directing manure use. Furthermore, this supports planning towards nutrient recycling via manure processing. Implementation in national actions results in enhanced manure nutrient recycling and reduced emission also in transnational scale.