.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 establishes a program for certifying professionals qualified to review and evaluate agricultural operations that apply or are enrolled in the Program.