Environmentalists seek moratorium on new Eastern Shore chicken houses
September 7, 2015, Rona Kobell, Bay Journal
Must it be either poultry or the bay?
September 11, 2015, Editorial, DelmarvaNow
Riverkeepers point to ag as main Bay pollution source
September 15, 2015, Katie Williams, The Star Democrat
Advocating more hysteria, less science?
September 18, 2015, Ronald H. Fithian, The Daily Times
Dorchester County Councilman Thomas Bradshaw's Notes from September 16th Town Hall Meeting at UMESA Game of Chicken.pdf
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Click here for the Maryland Department of Agriculture website on Governor Hogan's Agriculture Phosphorus initiative.
Ag groups back Hogan's PMT
February 25, 2015, Josh Bollinger, MyEasternShoreMD
Gov. Hogan rolls out new phosphorus management plan
February 24, 2015, Phil Davis, DelmarvaNow
Governor Hogan Releases Enhanced Phosphorus Management Tool Regulations
Dated February 23, 2015.Governor_PMT_Release.pdf
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Governor Hogan's MDA Proposed PMT Regulations
Submitted to Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) on February 24, 2015. These proposed regulations are scheduled to be published in the Maryland Register on April 3, 2015.15.20.04_07_08_FINAL.pdf
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Enhanced PMT Regulations Seven-Year Schedule
Dated February 23, 2015.PMT_schedule.pdf
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Maryland Agriculture Phosphorus Initiative - Fact Sheet
Dated February 23, 2015.PMT-Handout-WEB.pdf
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House Bill 381 (HB381) - Agriculture - Nutrient Management - Phosphorus Management Tool
Sponsored by Delegate Lafferty.hb0381F.pdf
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Senate Bill 257 (SB257) - Agriculture - Nutrient Management - Phosphorus Management Tool
Sponsored by Senator Pinsky.sb0257F.pdf
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Click here for MD General Assembly Bill webpage: SB257 and HB381.
Incorporating by reference specified nutrient management plan requirements in the Maryland Nutrient Management Manual of the Department of Agriculture and any supplements to the Manual;
establishing specified content and criteria for a nutrient management plan developed for an agricultural operation; providing that a specified agricultural certification does not prevent the
application or enforcement of specified provisions of law; etc.
Hearing February 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. before the House Environment and Transportation Committee.
Hearing February 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.
PMT Proposed Regulations
The December 1, 2014, Md. Register put forth the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s proposed phosphorus management tool (PMT) regulations. Public comment on these proposed regulations is open through December 31, 2014, at Earl F. Hance, Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Suite 303, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410-841-5881, or email to Earl.Hance@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5914. At this time no public hearing has been scheduled.Md Register 1Dec2014 - PMT.pdf
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Collaborate on real world solutions
January 2, 2015, M. Chase Tanner, The Star Democrat
MDA Proposed Phosphorus Management Tool Regulations
December 1, 2014, Maryland Department of Agriculture
A Scenario Analysis of the Potential Costs of Implementing the Phosphorus Management Tool on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Dated November 2014. Prepared By: Business Economic and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University (BEACON).pmt-analysis Nov 2014.pdf
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Moment of truth: Study to impact farm phosphorus rules
September 21, 2014, Phil Davis, Delmarva Now
Study analyzes agricultural stormwater system
July 2, 2014, Nicole Romeo, The Star Democrat
Sustainable farmer finds Chesapeake regulations to be unsustainable
February 18, 2014, Tom Horton, Lebanon Daily News
Michael Twining's opinion: Take another look at pollution sources
February 14, 2014, Michael Twining, Delmarva Now
21 states, 8 counties join Farm Bureau challenge to Bay TMDL
February 5, 2014, Karl Blankenship, Bay Journal
Florida opposes Chesapeake Bay restoration plan
February 4, 2014, Jennifer Portman, Tallahassee.com
County Joins fight against EPA in setting pollution limits for farmers
February 4, 2014, Ad Crable, Lancaster Online
AFBF asks Court to restore state authority in Chesapeake Bay lawsuit
January 28, 2014, The Voice of Agriculture - American Farm Bureau Federation
Delegate Cane seeks upgrades to
Baltimore wastewater treatment plant
January 13, 2014, Jennifer Shutt, Delmarva Now
USDA- Report Shows that Farm Bill Conservation Practices reduce runoff of Nutrients, Sediment in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
December 5, 2013, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
High Impact Environmental, Inc.
High Impact Environmental Inc. (HIE) is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Chestertown, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. HIE’s mission is to develop programs that implement, promote and
educate the public about cost-feasible, storm water conservation and management practices in Queen Anne’s and surrounding counties.
A Matter of When, Not if for New Rules
November 22, 2013, The Daily Times, Jennifer Shutt
Work Together on Phosphorus Regulations
November 22, 2013, The Daily Times, Opinion
Thank you letter to Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Earl Hance from County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland
November 19, 2013
Letter to Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Earl Hance from Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
November 14, 2013
On November 15, 2013 the Clean Chesapeake Coalition submitted comment in opposition to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on their proposed phosphorus management tool regulations. Shortly
following the CCC's submittal, MDA withdrew the proposed regulations, three (3) days prior to the close of the public comment period. See below for a write-up on the regulation withdrawal and the
CCC's commentary letter.
MDA withdraws PMT Regulations
November 15, 2013
Clean Chesapeake Coalition PMT comment letter
November 15, 2013