The ever-popular SNA Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide is currently being updated and enhanced and is scheduled for release this fall. The BMP Guide, v 1.0 was published in 1996, with an updated v 2.0 released in 2007. Version 3.0 will feature an enhanced Irrigation section including a new section on Constructed Wetlands, as well as information on the RMA Crop Protection Insurance Program.
Version 3.0 will be featured on the SNA website as a reference tool – free to the industry – as soon as the project is completed.
The BMP Guide is designed to help growers identify and promote exceptional management practices, methods and procedures. These management practices can be implemented regardless of nursery size or location and empowers both container and field grown plant producers to operate at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness while implementing proactive management practices necessary to produce plants with minimal environmental impact.
The SNA Best Management Practices Guide has become recognized as the undisputed benchmark for horticultural BMPs in the U.S. with more than 6,000 copies in use today.
Funding for this project is made possible by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the USDA's Risk Management Association (RMA). RMA's mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America's agricultural producers. As part of this mission RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RMA was created in 1996; the FCIC was founded in 1938.