States to offer break to farms that install BMPs
May 6, 2013 by Newszap Maryland
May 6, 2013 – States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are in various stages of considering a program that gives farms nearly a decade of amnesty from new environmental regulations in exchange for their promise to install best management practices now.
The programs, known as agricultural certainty, give the farmers an assurance that future rules won’t alter their business practices, which they must plan in advance. In exchange, the farmers commit to put in recommended, but not currently mandatory, water-quality practices such as cover crops and grass waterways. READ MORE