Agriculture

Proposed Moritorium on Poultry Industry Expansion

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 UMES
A Game of Chicken.pdf
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More Phosphorus, Less Monitoring - EIP Report
Dated September 8, 2015.
EIP - More Phosphorus, Less Monitoring S[...]
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Governor Hogan's Agriculture Phosphorus Initiative

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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Comparison of PMT Regulatory Proposals
Dated February 23, 2015.
Comparison_PMT_Proposals.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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Phosphorus Management Tool Proposed Legislation

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.

Nutrient Management Quiz - Daily Times - Eddie Johnson
Dated February 7, 2015.
Nutrient Management Quiz (Daily Times 2-[...]
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Phosphorus Management Tool Proposed Regulations

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Letter to MDA re PMT
Dated December 30, 2014.
2014 december dpi comments to mda on pmt[...]
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CCC Comments to MDA re PMT Regs
Dated December 16, 2014.
CCC PMT Letter Packet - Revised 12.18.14[...]
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CCC Letter to AELR Committee re PMT Regs Comments
Dated December 16, 2014.
Ltr to AELR Committee re PMT Reg Comment[...]
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Montgomery County Farm Bureau PMT Comments
Dated December 20, 2014.
PMT Regulation -Comments from Lonnie Lut[...]
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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

Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) Economic Analysis

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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PMT Analysis FAQs
PMT Analysis FAQs per MDA.pdf
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Dorchester County Farm Bureau Annual Banquet Presentation

Dorchester County Farm Bureau Annual Banquet Presentation
March 14, 2014
Dorchester Farm Bureau Banquet Presentat[...]
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Wicomico County Farm Bureau Presentation

Wicomico County Farm Bureau Presentation
January 27, 2014
Wicomico County Farm Bureau Presentation[...]
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Articles

Gov. Hogan rolls out new phosphorus management plan

February 24, 2015, Phil Davis, DelmarvaNow

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

 

Lancaster 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

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