Electronic Manure Management Plan (MMP) Project

Manure application is serious business in Iowa, providing nutrients for crop fields. More than 7,000 livestock and poultry producers submit manure management plans which prescribe where and how much manure is applied.

The DNR works to protect water, air and land quality by providing updated information on state requirements for animal production. DNR staff also strive to be efficient and customer friendly—looking for ways to improve our processes and services.

Following requests to develop an electronic submittal process for manure management plans, DNR hosted a week-long event in December 2016. DNR asked for input from those who create, submit and process about 7,000 plans annually: animal producers, consultants and technical service providers, county staff and DNR staff. Participants provided their perspectives, including advice on how to build an electronic submittal option for the annual short form and how to pay fees electronically. 

Look to this page for continual updates as event participants improve forms and work to provide electronic options for producers and consultants.

For those who prefer using paper forms, DNR will continue to process hard copies. See updated form below. Submit paper MMPs using the current process. 

Design Event – Hosted December 2016

Phase 1 – Electronic Short Form – Estimated Availability January 2018

For those who choose to submit the short form electronically, the following services will be available:

  • Electronic notification/reminder of upcoming due dates
  • Electronic annual short form submission
  • Electronic payment options of fees
  • Electronic notification to Counties.  

Handling Manure Management Plans -- Looking for a Better Way

Now Available

An updated version of the MMP Short Form for Annual Updates (DNR form 542-8162) consolidates the previous short form and the fee form. 

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