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Fertilizer regulation tug-of-war in Maryland


Jul. 16, 2012, Frederick, MD – Environmental groups are pushing for tougher regulations regarding fertilizers, including manure, on farm fields than the current regulations.

But, according to an article in the Frederick News Post, farmers and agriculture stakeholders are pushing back against those changes.

“The new set of regulations will have a significant negative affect on our ability, and every other livestock producers’ ability to operate a sustainable and profitable pasture-based livestock operation in the state of Maryland,” said Scott M. Barao, executive director of the Jorgensen Family Foundation, operator of Hedgeapple Farm, which produces grass-fed Black Angus cattle.

While the envionmental groups do not want to cause harm to farmers, being profitable and envionmentall conscious is possible, they say.

For more information, please see the full article on the Frederick News Post.