Maryland’s New Nutrient Management Rules Are Being Pulled Back

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley has put a hold on new rules regulating how and when farmers may fertilize their fields.  The Maryland Department of Agriculture had planned to issue new regulations this Friday.  Those regulations are now postponed due to pressure from the state’s agricultural community and municipal leaders.

The proposed regulations would have limited the use of animal manure during the fall and winter months.  In addition, farmers would have been forced to fence off streams to prevent access by livestock.  Municipalities complained about the proposed rules because they would have been banned from spreading sewage sludge on fields during the fall and winter months.

photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

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