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MD Farmers Glad To See Proposed Fertilizer Regs. Withdrawn

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MARYLAND - Some good news for Maryland farmers.  The Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a proposed fertilizer regulation, which would have limited the amount of phosphorus farmers could use in fertilizer.

Farmers at Green Branch Organic Farm in Wicomico county are glad the proposal was withdrawn, as much of their fertilizer comes from vegetable compost from their farm, which can have higher phosphorous levels.

"We would have been forced to either go out of state and pay upwards of 10-thousand dollars more per year for our fertilizer or just not use organic for our fertilizer, says Julia Wycall from Greenbranch, "it definitely helps us."

The Department of Agriculture will work to resubmit a new proposal in 2014, which will include a phased implementation schedule.

The proposed changes are based on about a decade of research into how phosphorus moves through soil and impacts local waterways.

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