Implementing a nutrient management (NM) plan is one of the best practices farmers can use to protect their soil and water resources and farm profitability. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) annually tracks NM plans on farms through NM plan checklists submitted from farmers, agronomists, and agency staff. A NM plan follows the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) WI 2015-590 NM Standard. A NM plan is prepared by a qualified planner. The planner is the farm’s owner, operator, or a certified crop advisor.