State Soil Conservation Committee
Established in 1938, the State Soil Conservation Committee consists of 11 members representing local soil conservation districts and state and federal agricultural and natural resource agencies. The committee coordinates the activities of Maryland's 24 soil conservation districts and appoints district supervisors. The committee also develops, reviews, and refines policies on soil conservation and water quality issues, while advising the Secretary of Agriculture on these matters. Importantly, the committee serves as a forum for all agencies involved in protecting natural resources. The State Soil Conservation Committee meets the third Thursday of every month.
Nutrient Management Advisory Committee
Established in 1992 to develop and refine regulations and requirements for Maryland's Nutrient Management Program, the Nutrient Management Advisory Committee includes representatives from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Agriculture, University of Maryland, Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources, Maryland Farm Bureau, Delaware-Maryland Agribusiness Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, commercial lawn care companies, and the biosolids industry, as well as local governments and the state legislature.
PMT Transition Advisory Committee
The Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee provides guidance for the program. It was established in 2015 and is chaired by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture. The Committee monitors progress to determine if additional support and resources are needed by Maryland farmers as they transition to the PMT.
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