Nutrient Management Regulations
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Maryland Nutrient Management Program
2014 Annual Implementation
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Manure Management Information for
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Best Management Practices
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Cecil Soil Conservation District provides
technical assistance in Cecil County for the installment and maintenance of
conservation practices. Best Management Practices (BMPs) aim to reduce erosion,
improve water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and improve
agricultural nutrient and livestock management. Technical assistance includes
survey, design, and construction inspections.
The District writes Soil Conservation and Water Quality
Plans (SCWQ), or Conservation Plans, to help farmers manage resources and
protect soil and water quality. A Conservation Plan is customized to meet the
needs of each farmer. A Conservation Plan is not mandatory, but is required to
be considered for agricultural land preservation.
Conservation Plans include:
1. Aerial photos of the property, including property boundaries, topography,
and Best Management Practices.
2. A written record of all decisions made by
the landowner and an implementation plan.
3. A soils map that includes all soil types and boundaries found on the
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During winter months nutrients left in the soil after crop
harvest may leech into the groundwater. To prevent leeching of excess nutrients,
small grains are planted in September or October without fertilizer. The Cover
Crop Program is provided by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
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We encourage you to contact our office for more information.
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Maryland Department of
Agriculture. The following links will give you an overview of cost-share programs available:
State Cost Share
Federal Cost Share
$10,747,000 in EQIP funds for Maryland in 2013
Signup deadlines are as follows:
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, and May 17
Please contact our office for more information or
PAST COOPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
2015 - Reisler
Family - Richland Farm
2014 - Edgar
Mt Ararat Farms
2012 - Paul Raech
2011 - Bill
and Phyllis Kilby
2010 - Holly Hill Farms
Bill and Freda Fell
2008 - Emily Manlove
2007 - Clarence W.
2006 - Woodland
Association of Conservation Districts Outstanding Cooperator of the
2005 - Jacob and Barbara Carson
2004 - Tom and
2003 - Dirk and Bethany Meulenberg
2002 - H. Bayard and
2001 - Wayne and Sandy Stafford
2000 - Jonathan Quinn
CECIL COUNTY SOIL SURVEY MAPS
Web Soil Survey -
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the
National Cooperative Soil Survey.
Soils Data Mart
- access soils information in different States and County's
Click on the photo below to retrieve information based on the 1973 Soil
Survey (old version).
In 1998 the Maryland General Assembly passed landmark legislation that places Maryland at the forefront of national efforts to protect water quality. The Water Quality Improvement Act is designed to protect the health of Maryland's citizens and its waterways by establishing both short and long-term strategies for reducing nutrient levels in our streams, rivers and Chesapeake Bay.
The most significant feature of the Water Quality Improvement Act is a provision requiring all Maryland farmers grossing $2,500 or more annually or raising 8,000 pounds or more of live animal weight to run their operations using a nutrient management plan that addresses both nitrogen and phosphorus inputs But this far-reaching legislation also touches a number of other interests, including people who apply nutrients, poultry growers and companies, and Maryland-certified nutrient management consultants, who must now begin writing nutrient management plans based on both soil nitrogen and phosphorus.
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MANURE TRANSPORT PROGRAM
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FUNDING CAPS RAISED FOR MACS GRANTS
Effective December 25, 2012, the cost-share ceiling
for animal waste treatment and containment projects increases from
$100,000 per project to $200,000 per project with a maximum farm
payout of $300,000. Other BMPs will increase to $50,000 per project
with a farm maximum payout of $150,000.
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AG LAND PRESERVATION
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The Foundation purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland. MALPF settled on its first purchased easement in October 1980.
By the end of the 2007 fiscal year, MALPF will have helped landowners permanently protect from development
265,691 acres on 1,933 farms. The Foundation has preserved farmland in all of
Maryland's 23 counties. As of June 30, 2007, the Foundation manages a public
investment of over $490 million in permanently preserved land valued at
approximately $1.5 billion at current prices.
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. The State of Maryland, with the work of the Foundation and its State and local partners, has preserved in perpetuity more agricultural land
(now approaching 500,000 acres) than any other state in the country.
For more information please contact:
Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation or one of the following agencies:
Cecil Land Trust
135 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and Rural Legacy Program
Cecil County Office of Planning and Zoning
200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921
Maryland Environmental Trust
100 Community Place, First Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032-2032
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
PO Box 169
Queenstown, MD 21658
Domestic Poultry and Exotic Bird Registration
National Animal Identification System
Premises/Farm Identification and Animal Identification Number