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Maryland Agriculture Secretary Pitches New Phosphorus Rules to Farmers in Salisbury

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Don Rush
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The public meeting last night on the new state regulations on handling chicken manure got a packed house at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

The new rules that are designed to prevent phosphorus from contaminating the Chesapeake Bay found Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance explaining the new rules in a 30 day public comment period.

He admitted that he was still unsure as to how they would affect farmers but said there was enough time for stakeholders to find out.

They go into effect October 18th.

The manure is often the only fertilizer used by organic farmers and the main poultry houses in Maryland.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.