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§ 2-1901. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandAgricultureEffective: October 1, 2017

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 2. Department of Agriculture (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 19. Maryland Healthy Soils Program (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2017
MD Code, Agriculture, § 2-1901
§ 2-1901. Definitions
In general
(a)(1) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Healthy soils” means the continuing capacity of soil to:
(i) Function as a biological system;
(ii) Increase soil organic matter;
(iii) Improve soil structure and water and nutrient holding capacity; and
(iv) Sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
(3) “Program” means the Maryland Healthy Soils Program.
Establishment of Maryland Healthy Soils Program
(b) There is a Maryland Healthy Soils Program.
Program purpose
(c) The purpose of the Program is to:
(1) Improve the health, yield, and profitability of the soils of the State;
(2) Increase biological activity and carbon sequestration in the soils of the State by promoting practices based on emerging soil science, including planting mixed cover crops, adopting no-till or low-till farming practices, and rotation grazing; and
(3) Promote widespread use of healthy soils practices among farmers in the State.
Implementation of purpose
(d) To carry out the purposes of the Program, the Department shall:
(1) Provide incentives, including research, education, technical assistance, and, subject to available funding, financial assistance, to farmers to implement farm management practices that contribute to healthy soils; and
(2) Determine whether the Program may be implemented in a manner to enhance other State and federal programs that provide financial assistance to farmers.


Added by Acts 2017, c. 373, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017.
MD Code, Agriculture, § 2-1901, MD AGRIC § 2-1901
Current through all legislation from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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