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 July 21, 2017 Maryland Register​ (p. 733)
The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.10 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.11 Industrial Hemp.The purpose of this action is to explain the Department of Agriculture’s certification program to grow or cultivate industrial hemp that is restricted to an institution of higher education for the sole purpose of agricultural academic research. Comments may be sent to Kimberly Rice, Program Manager, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call (410) 841-5920, or email to kimberly.rice@maryland.gov, or fax to (410) 841-5835. Comments will be accepted through August 21, 2017. A public hearing has not been scheduled.


​Proposed Emergency Regulations - none pending


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 Maryla​nd Regulations (COMAR) site.

The following notice was published in the March 31, 2017 Maryland Register​ (p. 357)

On March 15, 2017, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01-.15 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.18.09 Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 44:2 Md. R. 146--152 (January 20, 2017), has been adopted as proposed. More details​Effective Date: April 10, 2017.

The following notice was published in the March 17, 2017 Maryland Register​ (p.328)

On February 27, 2017, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 43:19 Md. R. 1088-1089 (September 16, 2016), has been adopted as proposed. More detailsEffective Date: March 27, 2017.