Agricultural Certainty Program

In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to establish a voluntary Agricultural Certainty Program that will give Maryland farmers a 10-year exemption from new environmental laws and regulations in return for installing best management practices in order to meet local or Chesapeake Bay Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) goals ahead of schedule.
The program allows participating farmers to conduct business in a predictable regulatory setting, while providing certainty that agricultural pollution controls are being implemented. Farmers must control all nutrient and sediment problems on farms using a Soil Conservation and Water Quality​ Plan and a current Nutrient Management Plan. Learn more.​