"Manure management, utilisation and the potential impacts on the environment are topics of high relevance across Europe. It is well recognised that internationally coordinated research and development and exchange of experience can greatly benefit science, technology transfer and the development of the corresponding policy framework across Europe. A major handicap in international collaboration, and a major source of misunderstandings, in these areas is the lack of a standardised terminology. This is not only true for the translation between different languages but also within most languages. (...) The glossary comprises mainly terms concerning manures produced by farm livestock but also includes relevant, broader terms concerning fertilisers, crops, feeding livestock and wider environmental issues. There are also some terms concerning other types of organic materials that are commonly applied to agricultural land. Similarly, although it is primarily a glossary of terms used in Europe, some terms in common use in North America are included."