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New nutrient management regulations to improve Pennsylvania water quality


March 31, 2008
By Manure Manager

The quality of water in
Pennsylvania is improving thanks to recent changes in nutrient
management regulations by the State Conservation Commission, says state
Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff.

The quality of water in Pennsylvania is improving thanks to recent changes in nutrient management regulations by the State Conservation Commission, says state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff.

“We commend the State Conservation Commission and the Nutrient Management Advisory Board for their dedication in making these revisions,” said Wolff, who is also chairman of the State Conservation Commission. “The changes address scientific advances in agronomics and manure management and, by adopting the new practices, farmers can improve their profitability while enhancing water quality for the benefit of everyone.”

The new regulations are a balance between properly applying manure generated on high-density animal operations—those with more than 2,000 pounds of animals per acre—without overly restricting the movement of nutrients throughout the state. The State Conservation Commission worked with the departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Penn State University, other agricultural industry leaders and the public to develop the new requirements.


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