Maryland farmers struggling with manure regulations
By David Manly
Jul. 27, 2012 – Farmers, environmentalists and wastewater managers in Maryland are angry about proposed changes to manure and fertilizer management that are up for approval.
According to an article in The Gazette, the farmers are upset that the costs of minimizing fertilizer and manure usage, for the sake of reducing pollution, fall on them and are unfair.
The regulations state that the spreading of fertilizer within 25 feet of surface water would be prohibited, as would injecting fertilizer within 10 feet. In addition, a ten-foot buffer zone would be required for fertilizing hayfields as well as for livestock that use a pasture.
For more information on the proposed regulations and why farmers, environmentalists and wastewater managers are upset, see the full article in The Gazette.