NRCS Practice Standard: Waste Transfer (634)

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NRCS Practice Standard: Waste Transfer (634)

About the Company:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.

The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.

Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.

To find a local NRCS Service center click here.

To find the specific guideline for each state click here.

About the Solution:

Waste Transfer (634)

Waste Transfer is a system using structures, pipes, or other conduits installed to convey wastes or waste byproducts from an agricultural source to a storage facility, treatment facility, or land application site.

Practice Information

The purpose of the practice is to transfer animal waste, bedding material, spilled feed, process wastewater, and other residues associated with animal production to a storage facility, treatment facility, or to a land application site. Generated material is conveyed from the source to a loading area, storage facility, or treatment facility. The material is then transferred to an area for utilization.

This practice is a component of a manure management system. Waste transfer may involve one to several conservation practices, such as various types of structures, pipelines, and pumps.

The system design should include items necessary for the safety of humans and animals including fence, ventilation, and warning signs. The design should also prevent tractors or other equipment from slipping into waste collection, storage, or treatment facilities.

Operation and maintenance requirements will include periodic inspections with prompt clean out, and repair or replacement of damaged components.

Common Associated Practices

NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Waste Transfer (Code 634) is commonly applied with other conservation practices such as:

  • Waste Storage Facility (Code 313)
  • Pumping Plant (Code 533)
  • Waste Separation Facility (Code 632)
  • Waste Treatment (Code 629)
  • Waste Recycling (Code 633)
  • Nutrient Management (Code 590)
  • Irrigation Pipeline (Code 430)
  • Sprinkler System (Code 442)

  • To view the full NRCS standard for Waste Transfers please click here.

    Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC United States 1-833-ONE-USDA Visit Company Website

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    Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators

    Anaerobic Digester Associated Technology:

    NOTE: There are several technology types that are used as part of an integrated manure management system that includes an anaerobic digester and are not applicable to manure management in other cases. The impact of these technologies on the critical indicators are represented as those of an entire anaerobic digester system.


    • Long usable life and can be run reliably
    • Creates energy and generates environmental credits
    • Requires proper preparation of the feedstock
    • Requires other technologies for energy utilization
    • Requires other technologies for digestate handling
    • Proper feeding & system monitoring is required to avoid system downtime
    • Proven technology for odor control, GHG reduction and pathogen reduction

    Newtrient Comments/Opinions:

    Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.

    To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.

    The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.

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