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15.20.11.00.htm 15.20.11.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 20 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION Chapter 11 Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program Authority: Agriculture Article, §8-1001―8-1013, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.20.11.01.htm 15.20.11.01. 01 Scope.. A. This chapter establishes the requirements and standards to be met for agricultural operations to achieve voluntary certification under the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program and the privileges and responsibilities that arise through certification.B. The purpose of the Program is to accelerate the implementation of best management practices to meet State agricultural nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduction goals.C. This chapter also esta
15.20.11.02.htm 15.20.11.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Agricultural Certainty” “Certainty” or “Program” means the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program.2) “Agricultural operation” or “operation” means a business or activity where a person tills, crops, keeps, pastures, or produces an agricultural product, including livestock, poultry, plants, trees, sod, food, feed, or fiber by in-ground, out-of-ground, or other culture.
15.20.11.03.htm 15.20.11.03. 03 Eligibility.. A. Except as provided by this regulation, a person who operates an operation is eligible to apply for the Program.B. An application for agricultural certainty shall include a farm parcel in its entirety but need not include all farms or farm parcels under the management of a person.C. An operation or a part of an operation defined as a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in COMAR 26.08.01.01B or any operation in the process of applying for a CAF
15.20.11.04.htm 15.20.11.04. 04 Certification Process ― Agricultural Certainty.. A. A person who applies for certification for an operation shall submit to the Department the following:1) An application on a Department form that includes a farm parcel in its entirety but need not include all farm parcels under the applicant’s management;2) Documentation from the local soil conservation district that the current SCWQP for the operation is fully implemented to address all soil conservation and water quality iss
15.20.11.05.htm 15.20.11.05. 05 Agricultural Certainty Certification ― General Requirements.. A. Unless suspended or revoked, a certification remains in effect for a 10-year period following approval by the Department if:1) The operation remains in compliance with the Certainty agreement set forth in Regulation .04F of this chapter and all other requirements of the Program under this chapter; and2) There are no changes to the operation, including no change in the:.
15.20.11.06.htm 15.20.11.06. 06 Verification.. A. The applicant shall employ a certified verifier who does not hold an interest in the agricultural operation, as defined by this chapter, in order to apply to the Program.B. A certified verifier shall provide the following to the Department for the applicant’s application:1) Information as required on a Department form;. 2) A map delineating the boundaries of the operation and showing field identification numbers and locations of BMPs on site; and
15.20.11.07.htm 15.20.11.07. 07 Verifier Certification Program.. A. An individual may not be certified or act as a certified verifier as provided by this chapter unless the individual meets the following requirements to be established by the Department:1) Education and experience;. 2) Training; and. 3) Continuing education.. B. The Department may certify a verifier who meets the following eligibility requirements:. 1) Has 3 or more years experience developing SCWQPs or qualifies as a U.S.
15.20.11.08.htm 15.20.11.08. 08 Record-Keeping and Reporting Requirements.. A. A person who manages an operation certified under the Program shall submit annually to the Department on or before March 1, information for the previous calendar year, as follows:1) A Department reporting form that includes the person’s signed certification that the operation has been managed in accordance with the Certainty agreement and will continue to be so managed during the upcoming calendar year;2) Current NMP records in
15.20.11.09.htm 15.20.11.09. 09 Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Certificate.. A. Certification of Operations.. 1) After the opportunity for a hearing, the Department may deny, suspend, or revoke the certification of any person who:a) No longer meets the eligibility requirements of the Program;. b) Violates any of the regulatory requirements of this chapter;. c) Provides misleading, false, or fraudulent information in applying for a certification;.
15.20.11.10.htm 15.20.11.10. 10 Agricultural Certainty Oversight Committee.. A. There is an Agricultural Certainty Oversight Committee. The responsibility of the Oversight Committee includes:1) Assisting in the development of regulations that govern the Program;. 2) Monitoring and providing oversight on the development and implementation of policies and standards relating to the Program;3) Evaluating performance of the Program and making recommendations for improvements to the Program based on information prov
15.20.11.9999.htm 15.20.11.9999. Administrative History Effective date: January 5, 2015 (41:26 Md. R. 1571).
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