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MDA Offers Fall Cost-Share Grants for Manure Incorporation and Injection

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it will offer financial assistance to farmers who incorporate or inject manure or other eligible organic products into cropland this fall as required by the state's nutrient management regulations.

The MDA said approximately $2 million in cost-share funds are available to help farmers comply with the regulations this year.

Cost-share costs for manure incorporation and inject range from $10 to $55 an acre depending on the equipment or services used. Farmers who use manure injection equipment will receive the highest reimbursement rates. Transportation costs are not cost-shared through this program, but grants to haul manure are available to eligible farms through MDA's Manure Transport Program.

“The O'Malley-Brown Administration is committed to providing farmers with the resources they need to comply with environmental regulations and help Maryland meet its nutrient reduction milestones for the Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “Farmers who want to switch to manure to help improve the soil, increase yields and save on commercial fertilizer costs should consider this program as well.”

Maryland's revised nutrient management regulations require farmers to inject or incorporate manure and other organic nutrient sources into the soil within 48 hours of application to achieve maximum water quality benefits for rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

Participation is for farmers who have not used eligible equipment or incorporation or injection of manure from Oct. 15, 2007 to Oct. 15, 2012.

Cost-share grants are administered by the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program. Applicants must be in good standing with MACS and in compliance with the Nutrient Management Program.

All work must be completed by Nov. 17, 2014 and all claims for payment received by Dec. 15, 2014.

Farmers should visit their local soil conservation district to sign-up. Applications will be accepted until funding runs out.

For more information, contact MDA at (410) 841-5864. To learn more about Maryland's sustainable policies, practices and programs, visit green.Maryland.gov and follow MDA on Twitter @GreenMaryland.
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