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15.20.04.00.htm 15.20.04.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 20 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION Chapter 04 Nutrient Management Certification and Licensing Authority: Agriculture Article, ยง8-801โ€•8-806, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.20.04.01.htm 15.20.04.01. 01 Scope.. A. These regulations describe the Department's certification and licensing program for individuals or businesses that prepare and offer farm nutrient management plans.B. When a nutrient management plan is prepared for a farm it indicates how essential primary nutrients, that is, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, are to be annually managed on farm fields for crop production and for the protection of water quality. Plans contain recommendations to farmers based
15.20.04.02.htm 15.20.04.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meaning indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Certified farm operator" means an individual certified by the Department under this subtitle to prepare a nutrient management plan solely for agricultural land that the individual:a) Owns;. b) Operates, or. c) Has a legal interest in.. 2) "Certified nutrient management consultant" or "consultant" means an individual certified by the Department under this subt
15.20.04.03.htm 15.20.04.03. 03 Certification and License Requirement.. A. Unless certified by the Department, an individual may not act as a certified nutrient management consultant or a certified farm operator as provided by this chapter.B. Unless licensed by the Department, a person may not engage in the business of providing a certified nutrient management plan as provided by this chapter.
15.20.04.04.htm 15.20.04.04. 04 Certification Application and Examination Requirement.. A. To apply for the examination to be certified as a nutrient management consultant, an applicant shall file the following with the Department at least 15 days before any announced examination:1) An application on the form the Department requires;. 2) Proof of meeting one of the following:. a) A school-authenticated college degree in an agriculturally related area, and 1 year of practical experience acceptable to
15.20.04.05.htm 15.20.04.05. 05 Examination.. A. Nutrient Management Consultants.. 1) The Department shall offer a certification examination for nutrient management consultants at least once a year. The Department shall give 30 days public notice of the time and place for each examination.2) The Department may provide required training or a list of study materials before any examination is given.3) The Department shall allow a candidate who fails a certification examination to take another exam
15.20.04.06.htm 15.20.04.06. 06 Certification.. A. The Department shall certify any individual as a nutrient management consultant or certified farm operator who:1) Meets the requirements of this chapter;. 2) Meets the Department's educational and experience requirements;. 3) Meets the Department's training requirements; and. 4) Passes a Department-approved examination.. B. The Department may issue a supplemental certification to an individual who prepares a nutrient management plan for an agri
15.20.04.07.htm 15.20.04.07. 07 Employment Requirement.. An individual who is certified by the Department shall be licensed or employed by a person licensed under this chapter if engaged in the business of providing nutrient management plans. Individuals who are certified may develop a nutrient management plan for the purposes of complying with Regulation .09 of this chapter for land they own or operate without obtaining a license.
15.20.04.08.htm 15.20.04.08. 08 Certification Renewal.. A. A certificate is issued for 1 year and may be renewed for a 3-year term by:. 1) Submitting a renewal application on the form the Department requires;. 2) Except for a government agency or a farmer or operator doing a plan for land they manage, paying a renewal fee to the Department;3) Providing proof of satisfactory completion of continuing education, workshops, or other training programs approved by the Department that includes:
15.20.04.09.htm 15.20.04.09. 09 License Application.. An applicant for a license to engage in the business of providing a nutrient management plan as provided by this chapter shall do the following:A. Submit to the Department an application on the form the Department requires;. B. Pay, except for a government agency, the applicable fee;. C. Have at least one individual who is a certified nutrient management consultant as provided by this chapter working under the license; and
15.20.04.10.htm 15.20.04.10. 10 License Renewal.. A license is issued for 1 year and expires unless the applicant renews the license for a 3-year term and qualifies by:A. Submitting a renewal application on a form the Department requires;. B. Except for a government agency, paying a renewal fee to the Department;. C. Having a minimum of one individual who is a certified nutrient management consultant as provided by this chapter working under the license; andD. Complying with the requirements of this chapter..
15.20.04.11.htm 15.20.04.11. 11 Record-Keeping and Reporting Requirements.. A. License Holder Record-Keeping and Reporting Requirements. A person who holds a license under this chapter shall keep records, and file with the Department by September 30 of each year an annual activity report covering the previous year (July 1 through June 30) that contains the following information:1) Name and number of the license holder;. 2) Name of the certified nutrient management consultant or consultants empl
15.20.04.12.htm 15.20.04.12. 12 Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Certificate or License.. After the opportunity for a hearing, the Department may deny, suspend, or revoke the certification or license of any person who violates any of the regulatory requirements of this chapter, including:A. Providing misleading, false, or fraudulent information in applying for a certificate or license;. B. Providing the Department with any misleading, false, or fraudulent report;. C. Offering or preparing
15.20.04.13.htm 15.20.04.13. 13 Reinstatement of Certificate or License after Disciplinary Action.. Upon application for a certificate, any person whose certificate is denied, suspended, or revoked may be required to retake the certification examination.
15.20.04.9999.htm 15.20.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01โ€•15 adopted as an emergency provision effective October 13, 1992 (19:22 Md. R. 1981) emergency status extended at 20:3 Md. R. 255; adopted permanently effective March 15, 1993 (20:5 Md. R. 515)Regulation .05A amended effective January 27, 1997 (24:2 Md. R. 116) โ€•. Chapter revised effective May 29, 2000 (27:10 Md. R. 967). Regulation .02B amended as an emergency provision effective December 22, 2004 (32:2 Md. R. 144) amen
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