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 Departmental Proposed and Emergency Regulations

The following outlines current “Notices of Proposed Action” for proposed regulations pending public comment and proposed emergency regulations pending approval that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. Click on any of the headlines listed below to read the proposed regulations in their entirety. The contact information and deadline for submitting comments is also included below.

Notice of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the March 21, 2014 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Adopt New Spay/Neuter Grant Program Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01 — .10, under a new Chapter COMAR 15.01.10 Spay/Neuter Grant Program. The purpose of this action is to explain the requirements for the Spay/Neuter Grant program that is established to assist in the reduction of animal shelter overpopulation, and cat and dog euthanasia rates by financing grants to local governments and qualifying animal welfare organizations for programs, on a competitive basis, that will effectively facilitate and promote spay and neuter services for cats and dogs. Comments will be accepted through April 21, 2014, to Mark Powell, Chief of Marketing, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Marketing and Agricultural Development, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call (410) 841-5770, or email mark.powell@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5987. Comments will be accepted through April 21, 2014. 

The following notice was published in the February 7, 2014 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .06 under COMAR 15.18.03 Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner. The purpose of this action is to explain the annual reporting requirements for fertilizer registrants for the retail sale of specialty fertilizer. Comments may be sent through February 10, 2014, to Warren Bontoyan, State Chemist, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or call 410-841-2740, or email to BontoyWR@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-2721. 

The following notices were published in the October 18, 2013 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Nutrient Management Regulations

NOTE - MDA OFFICIALLY WITHDREW THIS PROPOSAL ON NOVEMBER 18, 2013The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to: (1) Amend Regulation .11 under COMAR 15.20.04 Nutrient Management Certification and Licensing; (2) Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.20.07 Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements; and (3) Amend Regulation .05 under COMAR 15.20.08 Content and Criteria for a Nutrient Management Plan Developed for an Agricultural Operation. Click here to read the supplement to be incorporated by reference into the Nutrient Management Manual and the University of Maryland Extension Bulletin: Phosphorus Management Tool Technical Users Guide.

At this time, the proposal to amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.20.07 Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements, and Regulation .05 under COMAR 15.20.08 Content and Criteria for a Nutrient Management Plan Developed for an Agricultural Operation, as published in 40:2 Md. R. 162—164 (January 25, 2013) is being withdrawn. 

Public Comments Received:


  October 10 - 18, 2013

October 21 - 25, 2013

October 28 - November 1, 2013

November 4 - November 8, 2013

November 11 - November 14, 2013

November 14 - 18, 2013

November 19-20, 2013

Proposed Emergency Regulations

There are no proposed emergency regulations at this time


Notices of Final Action

The following notice was published in the February 21, 2014 Maryland Register:

On January 2, 2014, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .07 under  COMAR 15.15.05 Easement Termination Requests.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:18 Md. R. 1504 — 1505 (September 6, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 

The following notice was published in the October 18, 2013 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Fertilizer Application Requirements

On September 30, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted:  (1) Amendments to Regulations .01, .02, .04 and .05 and the repeal of .07 under COMAR 15.20.06 Nutrient and Commercial Fertilizer Application Requirements for Agricultural Land; and (2) New Regulations .01 ― .03, .05, and .07 ― .17 under COMAR 15.20.10 Fertilizer Application Requirements for Land Not Used for Agricultural Purposes.   This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:21 Md. R. 157 - 162 (January 25, 2013), has been adopted as proposed.
Effective Date: October 28, 2013


The following notices were published in the June 28, 2013 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Transfer Lot Released from Easement for Landowner or Child (Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation)

On June 18, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .01 — .04, the repeal of .05 and .06, and adopted new Regulations .05 — .07 under COMAR Lot Released from Easement for Landowner or Child.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:9 Md. R. 806 - 808 (May 3, 2013), has been adopted as proposed.

Proposal to Amend Pesticide Use Control Regulations

On June 18, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .01 and .14 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:2 Md. R. 153 — 155 (January 25, 2013) and reproposed in 40:9 Md. R. 805 — 806 (May 3, 2013), has been adopted as proposed.

The following notice was published in the May 3, 2013 Maryland Register.

Proposal to Amend Soil and Water Conservation Regulations

On April 23, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .04 and .06 under COMAR 15.20.10 Fertilizer Application Requirements for Land Not Used for Agricultural Purposes. The proposed amendments to Regulations .01, .02, .04, and .05, and the repeal of .07 under COMAR 15.20.06 Nutrient and Commercial Fertilizer Application Requirements for Agricultural Land and new Regulations .01 — .03, .05, and .07 — .17 under COMAR 15.20.10 Fertilizer Application Requirements for Land Not Used for Agricultural Purposes are not being adopted at this time.

The following notice was published in the March 22, 2013 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Maryland Horse Industry Board Regulations

On March 13, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted: (1) Amendments to Regulations .02, and .04 — .08 under COMAR 15.16.01 General Regulations; and (2) Amendments to Regulations .01 and .02, the repeal of existing Regulation .03, and the amendments and recodification of existing Regulations .04 — .06 to be Regulations .03 — .05 under COMAR 15.16.03 Administrative Penalty Standards. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:2 Md. R. 155 - 157 (January 25, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: April 1, 2013

The following notices were published in the January 11, 2013 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend Certification Seed Mixing.

On December 18, 2012, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted Regulation .11 under COMAR 15.08.05 Certified Seed Mixing. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:22 Md. R. 1460 (November 2, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: January 21, 2013.

Proposal to Amend the Seed Certification Program.

On January 2, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .19 under COMAR 15.08.03 Seed Certification. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:23 Md. R. 1557 (November 16, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: January 21, 2013.

Proposal to Amend the Regulation of Invasive Plants.

On January 2, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01 — .05 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.06.04 Regulation of Invasive Plants. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:23 Md. R. 1555 - 1556 (November 16, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: January 21, 2013.

Proposal to Amend the Civil Penalty Standards for Weights & Measures.

On January 2, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.03.10 Civil Penalty Standards for Weights and Measures. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:23 Md. R. 1555 (November 16, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: January 21, 2013.

Proposal to Amend the Compost Regulations.

On January 2, 2013, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.18.04 Compost. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:23 Md. R. 1557-1558 (November 16, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: January 21, 2013.

The following notices were published in the December 14, 2012 Maryland Register:

Proposal to Amend the Cost Sharing Water Pollution Control Program.

On December 4, 2012, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Environment jointly adopted Regulations .02, .09 and .10 under COMAR 15.01.05 Cost Sharing - Water Pollution Control Program. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:21 Md. R. 1397 - 1398 (October 19, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: December 24, 2012.

Proposal to Amend the Apiary Inspection Program.

On December 4, 2012, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted: (1) New Regulations .08 and .09 under COMAR 15.07.01 General Regulations; and (2) The Repeal of existing Regulations .01 - .09 under COMAR 15.07.02 Varroa Mite Control for Bees Transported Into or Through Maryland. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:21 Md. R. 1398 - 1399 (October 19, 2012), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: December 24, 2012.