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Change in Maryland’s Public Information Act Does Not Affect Nutrient Management Plans

Author: 
Sarah Everhart

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In Maryland the review of public records by any public body in the State is dictated by the Maryland Public Information Act.  Pursuant to the Agriculture Article of the Maryland Code, Nutrient Management Plans are currently required to be submitted by almost all farmers in Maryland and contain detailed information on the amount, placement, timing, and application of animal waste, commercial fertilizer, sludge, or other plant nutrients to prevent pollution and maintain productivity.  A summary of each Nutrient Management Plan is to be filed with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and retained for a period of three (3) years in a “manner that protects the identity of the individual from whom the nutrient management plan was prepared.”

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