Departmental Proposed and Emergency Regulations

The following outlines current Notices of Public Comment, Notices of Emergency Action, Notices of Proposed Action, and Notices of Final Action that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. 

Visit the Maryland Register Online to read the most recent proposed regulations in their entirety.

Note: Notices of Final Action will stay on this page for six months. After that, all state regulations can be viewed at the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) site​.​

Notices of Public Comment

The following notice was published in the April 24​, 2020 Maryland Register (p. 475)
The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review has granted emergency status to amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses. Emergency status began: March 27, 2020. Emergency status expires: August 1, 2020.

The following notice was published in the February 28, 2020 Maryland Register​ (p. 317)
The Maryland Department of Planning proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.12 and adopt new Regulations .01—.11 under COMAR 34.03.03 Certification of County Agricultural Land Preservation Programs.

Notices of Emergency Action

The following notice was published in the July 6, 2020 Maryland Register​​ (p. 681)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.19 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.17 Hemp Farming Program.

The following notice was published in the June 19, 2020 Maryland Register​ (p. 639)
The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review has granted emergency status to the repeal of existing Regulations .01—.10 and to new Regulations .01—.16 under COMAR 15.20.05 Manure Transportation Project. Emergency status began: May 29, 2020. Emergency status expires: November 1, 2020.

The following notice was published in the April 24, 2020 Maryland Register​ (p. 475)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes emergency regulations under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Business.

Notices of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the Oct. 9, 2020 Maryland Register (p. 909)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulations .02—.04 under COMAR 15.01.15 Use of Antimicrobial Drugs.

The following notice was published in the June 19, 2020 Maryland Register (p. 648)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.10 and adopt new Regulations .01—.16 under COMAR 15.20.05 Manure Transportation Project.

Notices of Final Action

The following notice was published in the Oct. 23, 2020 Maryland Register (p. 936)
On October 14, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted the repeal of existing Regulations .01—.10 and new Regulations .01—.16 under COMAR 15.20.05 Manure Transportation Project. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:13 Md. R. 648—654 (June 19, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: November 2, 2020.

The following notice was published in the Oct. 9, 2020 Maryland Register (p. 904)
On September 18, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01—.19 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.17 Hemp Farming Program. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:14 Md. R. 681—689 (July 6, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: November 1, 2020.

The following notice was published in the Sept. 25, 2020 Maryl​and R​egister​ (p. 876)
On September 15, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted new Regulation .13 and the recodification of existing Regulation .13 to be Regulation .14 under COMAR 15.20.04 Nutrient Management Certification and Licensing. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:3 Md. R. 224 (January 31, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: October 5, 2020.

The following notice was published in the June 5, 2020 Maryl​and R​egister​ (p. 597)
On May 27, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 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 47:8 Md. R. 441—442 (April 10, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: June 15, 2020.

The following notice was published in the May 22, 2020 Maryland R​egister​ (p. 560)
On March 25, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01—.05 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.06.05 Regulation of Noxious Weeds. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:3 Md. R. 222—224 (January 31, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: June 1, 2020.

The following notice was published in the March 27, 2020 Maryland R​egist​er​ (p. 384)
On March 6, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .01—.04 under COMAR 15.01.12 Food Donation Pilot Program. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 46:22 Md. R. 1023—1024 (October 25, 2019), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: April 6, 2020.​

The following notice was published in the March 13, 2020 Maryland​ Register​ (p. 342)
On February 20, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .06 under COMAR 15.06.04 Regulation of Invasive Plants. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:1 Md. R. 27 (January 3, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: March 23, 2020.