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WINTER COVER CROPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MARYLAND COST-SHARE FUNDS

 WINTER COVER CROPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MARYLAND COST-SHARE FUNDS
 ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert L. Walker, secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), today announced that winter cover crops used to control nutrient movement will now be eligible for funding through the Maryland Agricultural Cost-Share Program (MACS).
 According to Walker, winter cover crops such as rye, wheat and barley, will be available for cost-share funding ranging from $10 to $30 per acre, based on the environmental benefits of planting the crop. Crops being produced for commodity purposes are not eligible for cost-share subsidies.
 In commenting on the new funding, Gov. William Donald Schaefer said: "Maryland farmers are working very hard to protect our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay from excess nutrient pollution. I am very pleased that we are able to further help farmers protect the bay by adding winter crops to the list of agricultural best management practices that MDA now funds."
 Farmers interested in applying for winter cover crop cost-share funds for 1992 growing season should submit an application to their local soil conservation district between Sept. 10 and Oct. 16. Applications must be received by MDA before the proposed planting occurs. MACS assistance for cover crops is limited to 333 acres per farm over a three-year period.
 Best Management Practices (BMPs) are special techniques farmers use to prevent soil erosion, control nutrient movement and protect water quality. The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program provide farmers with up to 87.5 percent of the cost to install eligible BMPs to protect water quality. Animal waste storage facilities, stream protection, filter strips and grassed waterways are among some 27 BMPs eligible for cost-share funding through the program.
 For more information on Maryland's Agricultural Cost-Share Program contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Office of Resource Conservation, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Md. 21401, 401-841-5865.
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 /CONTACT: Rosemary Roswell, 410-841-5865, or Harold Kanarek, 410-841-5880, both of the Maryland Department of Agriculture/ CO: Maryland Department of Agriculture ST: Maryland IN: SU:


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