Maryland: Cost-Share Grants for Spring Manure Transport and Injection Available

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 5, 2024) ~ Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging farmers to take advantage of cost-share funding opportunities to assist with the transportation and management of manure on their crop fields. The grants are designed to help offset the costs associated with transporting all types of manure, as well as injecting liquid manure into the soil to prevent nutrient runoff and reduce odors.

Under this program, farmers can receive up to $28 per ton for transporting poultry manure to qualifying fields with acceptable soil phosphorus levels or for alternative use projects that can safely utilize the product. Additionally, cost-share grants are available for transporting dairy and livestock manure, covering up to 87.5% of eligible costs.

There are two options available for both poultry and dairy or livestock manure transport: FastTrack and standard. FastTrack allows farmers to haul now and apply for funding later, while standard grants require pre-approval before any manure is transported or injected.

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For those planning to transport dairy or livestock manure this spring and summer, it is important to note that all projects must be completed by September 9. Claims for payment should be submitted by October 9 to the department's Conservation Grants Office.

The Manure Management Program, administered by the department's Conservation Grants Program, oversees these grants. In order to apply for funding, farmers must be in good standing with the program and in compliance with Maryland's nutrient management regulations.

To assist farmers in finding manure resources, the department has developed an app called LTTR (Local Transported Turf Resources) or they can contact a poultry manure broker. For more information on this program, farmers can contact the Manure Management Program at 410-841-5864.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is committed to promoting sustainable farming practices and protecting the environment through programs like these. By providing financial assistance for proper manure management, they hope to reduce nutrient runoff and improve soil health for future generations. Farmers are encouraged to take advantage of these grants and do their part in preserving the state's natural resources.

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