The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission voted to proceed with rare changes to the state’s nutrient management rules, which are typically only updated once every 10 years. The most notable change would close a loophole that may allow consultants hired by farmers to create state-mandated nutrient management plans to avoid an assessment of phosphorus risks. There is no solid evidence consultants have taken advantage of the loophole, according to the nutrient management program administrator, but this rule change, if adopted by the state’s General Assembly, would remove the opportunity.
This article appeared in the February 2023 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5. Not a subscriber? Click to get the print magazine.