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 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 notices were published in the June 13, 2014 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Corrective Agricultural Land Preservation Easements Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .05 under Chapter COMAR 15.15.11 Corrective Agricultural Land Preservation Easements.The purpose of this action is to clarify the requirements and procedure for entering into a corrective easement on a farm subject to an agricultural land preservation easement held by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation. Comments may be sent to Carol West, Executive Director, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410-841-5860, or email to carol.west@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5730. Comments will be accepted through July 14, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Proposal to Amend Agricultural Subdivision Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulations .04, .05, and .07 under COMAR 15.15.12 Agricultural Subdivision. The purpose of this action is to clarify the requirements for the approval of an agricultural subdivision of a farm subject to an agricultural land preservation easement held by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation. Comments may be sent to Carol West, Executive Director, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410-841-5860, or email to carol.west@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5730. Comments will be accepted through July 14, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

The following notice was published in the May 2, 2014 Maryland Register:

Reproposal to Amend Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditional Regulations.

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .06 under COMAR 15.18.03 Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner. Because substantive changes have been made to the original proposal as published in the 41:3 Md. R. 254—255 (February 7, 2014), this action is being reproposed at this time.

The following notice was published in the March 21, 2014 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Adopt New Spay/Neuter Grant Program Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01 — .10, under a new Chapter COMAR 15.01.10 Spay/Neuter Grant Program. The purpose of this action is to explain the requirements for the Spay/Neuter Grant program that is established to assist in the reduction of animal shelter overpopulation, and cat and dog euthanasia rates by financing grants to local governments and qualifying animal welfare organizations for programs, on a competitive basis, that will effectively facilitate and promote spay and neuter services for cats and dogs. Comments will be accepted through April 21, 2014, to Mark Powell, Chief of Marketing, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Marketing and Agricultural Development, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call (410) 841-5770, or email mark.powell@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5987. Comments will be accepted through April 21, 2014. 

The following notice was published in the February 7, 2014 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Regulations

*Note, these regulations were re-proposed on May 2, 2014

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .06 under COMAR 15.18.03 Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner. The purpose of this action is to explain the annual reporting requirements for fertilizer registrants for the retail sale of specialty fertilizer. Comments may be sent through February 10, 2014, to Warren Bontoyan, State Chemist, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call 410-841-2740, or email to BontoyWR@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-2721. 

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, 2013The 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) sight.

The following notices were published in the August 22, 2014 Maryland Register:

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. Effective Date: September 1, 2014.


The following notice was published in the June 13, 2014 Maryland Register:

On March 28, 2014, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01 ― .10 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.10 Spay/Neuter Grant Program. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 41:6 Md. R. 393―395 (March 21, 2014), has been adopted with  nonsubstantive changes. Effective Date: June 23, 2014.