Departmental Proposed and Emergency Regulations

The following outlines current “Notices of Proposed Action” for proposed regulations pending public comment and proposed emergency regulations pending approval that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. Click on any of the headlines listed below to read the proposed regulations in their entirety. The contact information and deadline for submitting comments is also included below.

Notice of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the December 1, 2014 Maryland Register (page 1432)

Proposal to adopt PMT Regulations 

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to: (1) Amend Regulation .11 under COMAR 15.20.04 Nutrient Management Certification and Licensing; (2) Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.20.07 Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements; and (3) Amend Regulations .01, .03, and .05, repeal existing Regulations .06 and .07, and adopt new Regulations .06 ― .12 under COMAR 15.20.08 Content and Criteria for a Nutrient Management Plan Developed for an Agricultural Operation. 

The purpose of this action is to add Supplement No. 8 (November, 2014) to the Maryland Nutrient Management Manual, which is incorporated by reference under COMAR 15.20.07.02 Supplement No. 8 (November, 2014) and includes modification to the method for determining nutrient recommendations, specifically the method for the determination of phosphorus as the limiting nutrient by transitioning to the use of the Phosphorus Management Tool. This action subsequently impacts COMAR 15.20.04.11 and 15.20.08.05 by defining the method and elements for determining required nutrient recommendations in a nutrient management plan. Comments may be sent to 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. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled. ​


The following notice was published in the October 17, 2014 Maryland Register:

Proposal to adopt Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program Regulations.

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01 — .10 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.20.11 Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program. The purpose of this action is to implement the voluntary Agricultural Certainty Program that will improve water quality compliance by agricultural operations. Comments may be sent to Louise Lawrence, Chief, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Office of Resource Conservation, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 or call 410-841-5873 or email Louise.Lawrence@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5734. Comments will be accepted through November 17, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.


 

THE BELOW IS PROVIDED FOR REFERENCE ONLY:

The following notices were published in the October 18, 2013 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Nutrient Management Regulations

NOTE - MDA OFFICIALLY WITHDREW THIS PROPOSAL ON NOVEMBER 18, 2013. The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to: (1) Amend Regulation .11 under COMAR 15.20.04 Nutrient Management Certification and Licensing; (2) Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.20.07 Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements; and (3) Amend Regulation .05 under COMAR 15.20.08 Content and Criteria for a Nutrient Management Plan Developed for an Agricultural Operation. Click here to read the supplement to be incorporated by reference into the Nutrient Management Manual and the University of Maryland Extension Bulletin: Phosphorus Management Tool Technical Users Guide.

At this time, the proposal to amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.20.07 Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements, and Regulation .05 under COMAR 15.20.08 Content and Criteria for a Nutrient Management Plan Developed for an Agricultural Operation, as published in 40:2 Md. R. 162—164 (January 25, 2013) is being withdrawn.

Public Comments Received:

October 10 - 18, 2013

October 21 - 25, 2013

October 28 - November 1, 2013

November 4 - November 8, 2013

November 11 - November 14, 2013

November 14 - 18, 2013

November 19-20, 2013

Proposed Emergency Regulations

There are no proposed emergency regulations at this time


Notices of Final Action

Note: Notices of Final Action will stay on this page for six months. After that, all state regulations can be viewed at the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) site.
 
 
On August 4, 2014, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .05 under COMAR 15.15.11 Corrective Agricultural Land Preservation Easements. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 41:12 Md. R. 704 (June 13, 2014), has been adopted with nonsubstantive changes. Click here to view. Effective Date: September 1, 2014.
 
On August 4, 2014, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .04, .05, and .07 under COMAR 15.15.12 Agricultural Subdivision. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 41:12 Md. R. 704 - 705 (June 13, 2014), has been adopted as proposed. Click here to view. Effective Date: September 1, 2014.
 
On July 2, 2014, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .06 under chapter, COMAR 15.18.03 Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 41:3 Md. R. 254-255 (February 7, 2014) and reproposed in 41:9 Md. R. 533 (May 2, 2014), has been adopted as proposed. Click here to view. Effective date: July 21, 2014.