Maryland: Annual Implementation Reports Due March 1

(ANNAPOLIS, MD) January 29, 2024 ~ Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers of the approaching deadline to submit their Annual Implementation Reports (AIRs) for nutrient applications made in 2023. According to the department, the deadline for submission is March 1, 2024.

The department has also announced that farmers have the option to use an electronic reporting system through Maryland OneStop. This option not only saves time but also reduces paper usage. Farmers are required to register for an account or log in to their existing account in order to use this e-file option.

Approximately 5,100 farmers in Maryland fall under the regulation of the department's Nutrient Management Program. These farmers are obligated to follow nutrient management plans when fertilizing crops and managing animal manure. They are also required to submit annual reports summarizing their nutrient applications from the previous year. Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) operating under a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment are required to submit one combined Reporting Form and a manure analysis to Maryland's Nutrient Management Program.

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The electronic filing of AIRs offers several advantages, including faster and more accurate reporting according to feedback from farmers who have used it. Users will be guided through the application process and will receive a delivery confirmation upon submission, as well as status updates as data is verified.

For those who prefer traditional methods, a mail-in option is still available this year. Paper forms will be mailed out by the end of January and can also be downloaded from the department's website. Farmers can contact their regional nutrient management office for more information on submitting paper reports.

With just over a month left until the deadline, farmers are encouraged to take advantage of these options and submit their AIRs on time. Failure to do so may result in penalties or fines from the department.

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