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Md. withdraws proposed fertilizer regulations

Monday - 11/18/2013, 9:35am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland Department of Agriculture is withdrawing proposed fertilizer regulations.

The department announced Friday that it will work with stakeholders to revise the regulation that would make major changes to how farmers can apply poultry manure to crops. It plans to resubmit the proposal in 2014. The proposal sparked angry protests from many farmers concerned about the cost and logistics.

The changes proposed in December were based on about a decade of University of Maryland research into how phosphorous moves through soil. They are meant to be an element of the state's plan for protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance says officials are confident in the science behind the proposed rules and remain committed to adopting them.

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