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Updated Nutrient Management Regulations

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Farmers Install Record On-Farm Conservation Practices in 2007

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Pasture and Manure Management Information for Horse Owners

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Best Management Practices

Conservation Choices

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Technical Assistance

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.

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Conservation Planning

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 property.

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Cover Crops

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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COST-SHARE PROGRAMS

We encourage you to contact our office for more information. Click here for a description of Maryland Department of Agriculture. The following links will give you an overview of cost-share programs available:

State Cost Share       

MACS
CREP
MTP
NMP
LILAC

 

 

Federal Cost Share

EQIP
WHIP
FRPP
CRP

CREP

 

USDA-NRCS Announces

$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

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PAST COOPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

2012 - Paul Raech

2011 - Bill and Phyllis Kilby

2010 - Holly Hill Farms

2009 - Bill and Freda Fell

2008 - Emily Manlove

2007 - Clarence W. Brown

2006 - Woodland Hurtt (Maryland Association of Conservation Districts Outstanding Cooperator of the Year 2007)

2005 - Jacob and Barbara Carson

2004 - Tom and Doris Dill

2003 - Dirk and Bethany Meulenberg

2002 - H. Bayard and Agnes Williams

2001 - Wayne and Sandy Stafford

2000 - Jonathan Quinn

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CECIL COUNTY SOIL SURVEY MAPS

Web Soil Survey - Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

WEB SOIL SURVEY

 

Soils Data Mart - access soils information in different States and County's

SOILS DATA MART

 

Click on the photo below to retrieve information based on the 1973 Soil Survey (old version).

 

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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

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.

For more information see: Nutrient Management

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
Tel: 410-392-9667
Fax: 410-658-2550

Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and Rural Legacy Program
Cecil County Office of Planning and Zoning
200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921
Tel: 410-996-5220
Fax: 410-996-5305

Maryland Environmental Trust
100 Community Place, First Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032-2032
Tel: 410-514-7909
Fax: 410-514-7919 

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
PO Box 169
Queenstown, MD 21658
Phone: 410.827.9756
Fax: 410.827.5765

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Maryland Domestic Poultry and Exotic Bird Registration

National Animal Identification System
Premises/Farm Identification and Animal Identification Number

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Cecil Soil Conservation District
UPPER CHESAPEAKE CORPORATE CENTER
105 CHESAPEAKE BLVD. SUITE B-3
ELKTON, MD 21921

PHONE: 410-398-4411 ext. 3
FAX: 410-392-6530
 


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Updated 1/30/2014

 

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