August 1999

“ISO needy soil yearning for rich nutrients…” Sounds like a personals classified or dating service, and in a way it is. Maryland’s Manure Matching Services matches up manure producers (i.e. livestock operations, including your horse farm) with manure consumers, such as grain farmers. It is a beautifully simple and almost obvious program, and it makes one wonder why it wasn’t done earlier, why it took the Water Quality Act of 1998 to authorize and make it happen. But it did, and it has.

If you are interested in enrolling in the program, you must fill out a “Sending Farm” form, which gets filed with the Manure Matching Services. When the services finds the right match for your manure (based on requests filed from farmers or “alternate users”), the farmer or alternative user will contact you to make arrangements for manure transfer.