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Maryland farmers are required to submit copies of their initial nutrient management plans to the Nutrient Management Program. By the end of FY 2015, more than 99 percent of the state’s 5,332 regulated farms had met the requirement. The department is pursuing enforcement actions against 25 farmers who have not submitted their initial nutrient management plans. In FY 2015, the department issued $5,600 in fines against 16 farmers who failed to file an initial nutrient management plan.
Farmers are required to update their nutrient management plans and submit Annual Implementation Reports to the department by March 1 summarizing their nutrient applications for the previous calendar year. In April 2015, the department issued warnings to 919 farmers who failed to file their Annual Implementation Reports on time, followed by 395 notices of pending fines and 143 default notices. By the end of the fiscal year, 97.7 percent of regulated farmers managing about 1.3 million acres of land had submitted their reports.
In FY 2015, the department issued $30,750 in fines against 123 farmers for late or missing reports. During Fiscal Year 2015, the department’s team of seven nutrient management specialists conducted 890 on-farm audits to confirm that farmers are using plans to manage nutrients effectively, an increase of approximately 18 percent over FY 2014. Of this number, 772 farms were selected randomly for audits with 69 percent determined to be in full compliance. An additional 118 farmers were flagged for audits due to incomplete, irregular, or inaccurate information reported on their Annual Implementation Reports. The majority of the violations documented for both random and targeted audits involved expired or incomplete nutrient management plans. The department is actively pursuing full compliance for all operations. In FY 2015, it issued $32,950 in fines against 47 farmers who failed to take corrective actions by prescribed deadlines.
Plant Quarantines: MDA and the federal government can issue quarantines to prevent the sale or movement of a certain type of plant material. The introduction of a new or dangerous regulated disease or pest, such as the emerald ash borer, could devastate the state's industry, backyard landscapes, interstate and international plant trade, and the environment in general.
Current Quarantines in effect are:
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