There could be some good news for handling chicken manure.
A Berlin-based company says it has a process that can remove phosphates from chicken waste.
And company officials hope to get a prototype facility operating by the end of the summer at a local farm.
The effort got the endorsement of Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, who told reporters at a ground breaking ceremony last week, if this works it could revolutionize the poultry industry.
The public meeting last night on the new state regulations on handling chicken manure got a packed house at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.
The new rules that are designed to prevent phosphorus from contaminating the Chesapeake Bay found Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance explaining the new rules in a 30 day public comment period.
He admitted that he was still unsure as to how they would affect farmers but said there was enough time for stakeholders to find out.
They go into effect October 18th.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Agriculture Department has withdrawn its request to seek emergency status on proposed regulations on fertilizer use aimed at reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution.
The department announced it was pulling back the request on Monday. That's two days before a legislative panel was scheduled to take up the proposal.
SPARKS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has approved a record 607,000 acres of winter grains so far in the state's cover crop program.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance joined agricultural leaders and farmers made the announce today.
A record 1,860 farmers are participating in the program, and 152 of them are new to the initiative this year.
The record acreage represents 170 percent of the current two-year goals of the watershed implementation plan for cover crops.