As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has withdrawn proposed regulations that would have implemented a new phosphorus management tool (PMT) that would have restricted the application of chicken waste, animal manure, and sewage sludge on certain farmland. The PMT regulations generated controversy in the agricultural community and the poultry industry.
On November 19, the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM hosted a brief discussion on the withdrawal of the regulations. Joining Steiner were Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Earl “Buddy” Hance, Maryland Grain Producers Association President Kevin Anderson, Water Stewardship President and Executive Director Dr. Tom Simpson, and Food and Water Watch’s Food and Water Justice Project Co-Director Scott Edwards.
The PMT segment begins at 0:55 in the playback.