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§ 8-704.2. Manure Transportation Project

West's Annotated Code of MarylandAgricultureEffective: July 1, 2014

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 8. Soil Conservation (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Cost Sharing--Water Pollution Control (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2014
MD Code, Agriculture, § 8-704.2
§ 8-704.2. Manure Transportation Project
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Commercial poultry producer” means any entity that contracts with a farmer to raise poultry for the producer on property owned or leased by the farmer.
(3) “Project” means the Manure Transportation Project.
Legislative intent
(b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that:
(1) The State and the commercial poultry producers shall facilitate the prompt transportation of poultry litter from farms in all areas of the State that experience phosphorus overenrichment;
(2) The State shall facilitate the transfer of livestock manure from farms in all parts of the State that experience phosphorus overenrichment;
(3) The Project shall encourage voluntary participation to achieve the removal of poultry litter produced by at least 20% of the poultry in the four lower Eastern Shore counties in Maryland; and
(4) The Project shall be implemented in conjunction with the Manure Matching Service set forth in § 8-704.1 of this subtitle.
(c) The purpose of the Project is to establish a cost share matching program to assist in the transportation of poultry or livestock manure from farms:
(1) To be used on land with soil having the capacity to hold additional phosphorus; or
(2) To be used in environmentally acceptable ways other than land application.
(d) The State shall provide:
(1) Funding for the Project by matching, in an amount determined by the Department, the amount of funds contributed by the commercial poultry producer industry for eligible costs, as determined by the Department, associated with the transportation and handling of poultry litter; and
(2) Up to 87.5% of the transportation and handling costs, as determined by the Department, per ton for livestock manure.
(e) The Department of Agriculture shall adopt regulations authorizing the disbursement of cost-share matching funds consistent with the purposes of the Project.
(f) The Department of Agriculture shall provide the assistance necessary to ensure that poultry or livestock manure is tested in accordance with departmental procedures before transportation of the manure occurs.


Acts 1998, c. 324, § 2, eff. July 1, 1998; Acts 1998, c. 325, § 2, eff. July 1, 1998; Acts 1999, c. 34, § 1, eff. April 13, 1999; Acts 2000, c. 485, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2000. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 522, § 1, eff. June 1, 2002; Acts 2003, c. 21, § 1, eff. April 8, 2003; Acts 2005, c. 25, § 1, eff. April 12, 2005; Acts 2014, c. 36, § 1, eff. July 1, 2014.

Editors' Notes

1998 Legislation
Acts 1998, c. 324, § 7 and Acts 1998, c. 325, § 7, provide:
“That Section 2 of this Act shall remain effective for a period of 4 years and, at the end of June 30, 2002, with no further action required by the General Assembly, Section 2 of this Act shall be abrogated and of no further force and effect.”
2002 Legislation
Acts 2002, c. 522, repealed Acts 1998, c. 324, § 7 and Acts 1998, c. 325, § 7.
2006 Legislation
Acts 2006, c. 289, § 4, provides:
“SECTION 4. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That, to the extent that funds are available, it is the intent of the General Assembly that the Governor increase State funding for the Manure Transport Program within the Department of Agriculture until State funding reaches the level of $750,000 annually.”
MD Code, Agriculture, § 8-704.2, MD AGRIC § 8-704.2
Current through all legislation from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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