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15.20.05.00.htm 15.20.05.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 20 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION Chapter 05 Manure Transportation Project Authority: Agriculture Article, §8-704.2, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.20.05.01.htm 15.20.05.01. 01 Scope.. A. This chapter describes the Department's voluntary Manure Transportation Project required by the Maryland Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998. The project is intended to facilitate the transport of poultry litter and livestock manure from farms in all areas of the State that are subject to phosphorus overenrichment.B. This project is intended to encourage voluntary participation to remove or redirect at least 20 percent of the poultry litter produced in Dorcheste
15.20.05.02.htm 15.20.05.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Alternative uses” means when a person uses litter or other animal manure in environmentally acceptable ways, as determined by the Department, other than by direct land application in an unprocessed form.2) "Commercial poultry producer" means an entity that contracts with a farmer to raise poultry for the producer on property owned or leased by the farmer.
15.20.05.03.htm 15.20.05.03. 03 Cost-Share Program ― Eligibility.. A. A person engaged in an agricultural operation is eligible to participate in the project if the operation produces poultry or livestock manure and as determined by the Department has:1) An amount of cropland that is insufficient to use all manure produced on the farm for crop production, based on the nutrient content in the manure and soil fertility levels as determined in a nutrient management plan prepared for the farm; or
15.20.05.04.htm 15.20.05.04. 04 Cost-Share Rate.. A. Expenses eligible for State cost-share for an applicant shall be established by the Department based on the following:1) Either mileage or distance, or both, of manure transported;. 2) Amount of manure transported;. 3) Mode of transportation;. 4) Cost of analyzing manure before transporting;. 5) Cost of loading manure on transportation equipment;. 6) Cost of hauling manure from a producing or storage area to a receiving area; and. 7) Amount of matching cos
15.20.05.05.htm 15.20.05.05. 05 Cost-Share Program―Commercial Poultry Producer Participation.. A. The Department shall enter into a written agreement with each commercial poultry producer participating in the project. The written agreement shall set forth, at a minimum, the following:1) The responsibilities of the participating commercial poultry producer;. 2) The responsibilities of the Department;. 3) The amount of financial support for payment of eligible costs that the participating commercial p
15.20.05.06.htm 15.20.05.06. 06 Cost-Share Program ― Manure Broker Participation.. A. A manure broker participating in the project shall:. 1) Obtain manure only from an eligible producer; and. 2) Except as provided under §B of this regulation, directly transport the manure only to an eligible receiver.B. A manure broker has the option of stockpiling or storing manure if the broker:. 1) Stockpiles or stores manure in a manner, approved by the Department, that protects the manure from rainfall, runoff, or le
15.20.05.07.htm 15.20.05.07. 07 Cost Share Program ― Alternative Use.. A. A person using an alternative use in a project shall:. 1) Use Departmental forms to apply and enter into an agreement with the Department;. 2) Obtain manure only from an eligible producer;. 3) Use poultry litter or manure in an environmentally acceptable way, as determined by the Department, other than by direct land application in an unprocessed form;4) Provide proof to the Department of compliance and evidence that all appl
15.20.05.08.htm 15.20.05.08. 08 Bond or Security.. A. The broker or alternative use participant shall file with the Department a bond, or other security, on a form satisfactory to the Department. The bond shall be payable to the Department, and the obligation of the bond shall be conditioned upon fulfilling the cost-share agreement and manure stockpiling and storage requirements provided in this chapter.B. The Department may waive the bonding and security requirements for a participant if the participant:
15.20.05.09.htm 15.20.05.09. 09 Project ― Annual Reporting.. On or before July 1 of each year, the Department shall submit to the General Assembly a report detailing the:A. Participation levels in the project;. B. Total amount of manure transported to and from each county in the State; and. C. Amount of funds distributed by the State and each participating commercial poultry producer for the preceding year.
15.20.05.10.htm 15.20.05.10. 10 Compliance Provisions.. If a person fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter, or any agreement established under this chapter, the Department may:A. Exclude that person from future participation in the project; and. B. Hold the person liable for the full amount of funds paid..
15.20.05.9999.htm 15.20.05.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―07 adopted as an emergency provision effective January 7, 1999 (26:3 Md. R. 174) adopted permanently effective April 5, 1999 (26:7 Md. R. 546)Chapter revised as an emergency provision effective July 17, 2000 (27:16 Md. R. 1520) revised permanently effective October 30, 2000 (27:21 Md. R. 1977)Chapter revised as an emergency provision effective December 1, 2000 (27:26 Md. R. 2356) revised permanently effective March
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