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Comments sought on pollution runoff plan for farmers

Comments on a new state program that would that encourage farmers to adopt comprehensive plans to reduce pollution runoff into the state’s rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay in return for a "safe harbor" from future expansion of reduction requirements are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 14.

While farmers would voluntarily agree to implement a resource management plan, regulations are being developed to ensure the program is handled consistently across the commonwealth.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is accepting comments on regulations establishing agricultural resource management plans. The department is seeking comments that propose improvements to the proposed regulations or share thoughts on the program’s costs, benefits and potential impacts.

The draft regulations propose qualifications for resource management plan developers. For hay and croplands, the proposed plans could call for nutrient management planning, soil conservatio...

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