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Md. OK's money for farm projects

February 21, 2006

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich has announced Board of Public Works approval of $217,900 in state cost-share funding to help farmers in six counties install 18 on-farm projects to prevent the loss of soil and nutrients from farmland.

The monies are made available through the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program (MACS), which covers up to 87.5 percent, up to $100,000 per farm, of the cost to install any of 27 different best management practices such as waste storage structures, grassed waterways and fencing.

"Today's funding approval helps farmers meet the financial requirements of protecting local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay through their nutrient management plans," Ehrlich said.

In Frederick County, $33,900 was approved to help four farmers install 10 different practices including fencing, grassed waterways, watering facilities and roof runoff structures.

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