The Manure Transport Program will raise the cost-share rate for Maryland farmers and manure brokers handling poultry manure to $28 per ton. This change will further assist farmers in making the switch to using poultry manure as a fertilizer. The overall goal is to move poultry litter away from farms with high phosphorus levels and apply it to fields in other parts of the state that need the nutrients.
This program plays a role in helping the state meet its goals to restore the health of waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. To participate, farmers must be in good standing with the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost Share Program and in compliance with the state’s nutrient management regulations.
This article appeared in the May 2021 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5. Not a subscriber? Click to get the print magazine.