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§ 8-901. Legislative findings

West's Annotated Code of MarylandAgricultureEffective: June 1, 2012

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Agriculture
Title 8. Soil Conservation (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 9. Voluntary Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2012
MD Code, Agriculture, § 8-901
§ 8-901. Legislative findings
The General Assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Voluntary nutrient and sediment trading programs provide an innovative and cost-effective approach to enhance water and air quality and achieve additional water and air quality benefits; and
(2) The Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program established under this subtitle authorizes the Department to verify, certify, and register agricultural nutrient or sediment credits in support of private and public nutrient or sediment trading activities between the buyer of nutrient or sediment credits and the farm owner or operator that agrees to be paid and implement best management practices to reduce agricultural nutrient and sediment runoff and nutrient emissions.

Credits

Added by Acts 2010, c. 447, § 1, eff. June 1, 2010. Amended by Acts 2012, c. 25, § 1, eff. June 1, 2012.

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
2010 Legislation
Acts 2010, c. 447, §§ 2 and 3, provide:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That the provisions of this Act may not be construed to affect the rights and obligations of any party to any agreement to preserve land for agricultural use under any State, local, or private program for the preservation of agricultural land.
“SECTION 3. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That it is the intent of the General Assembly that the authority of the State Department of Agriculture to establish requirements for the voluntary certification and registration of nutrient credits on agricultural land, as provided by this Act, be retained by the State Department of Agriculture.”
2012 Legislation
Acts 2012, c. 25, § 1, amends Acts 2010, c. 447, §§ 2 and 3, to read:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That the provisions of this Act may not be construed to affect the rights and obligations of any party to any agreement to preserve land for agricultural use under any State, local, or private program for the preservation of agricultural land.
“SECTION 3. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That it is the intent of the General Assembly that the authority of the State Department of Agriculture to establish requirements for the voluntary certification and registration of nutrient or sediment credits on agricultural land, as provided by this Act, be retained by the State Department of Agriculture.”
MD Code, Agriculture, § 8-901, MD AGRIC § 8-901
Current through all legislation from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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