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Surprise Fertilizer Bill Introduced by Senator Alloway

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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SpreaderHARRISBURG – After negotiations that have taken place over several years, involving scores of stakeholders, including PLNA, the Department of Agriculture (PDA) and legislative staff, on June 15 Senator Alloway (R-Franklin County) introduced S.B. 792 using language that had not been agreed to by any of the stakeholders or the PDA.

PDA and the stakeholders are reviewing the language in the bill and plan to meet to discuss amendments to bring the bill back to what everyone had agreed to. One of the major changes to the bill was the elimination of language that set fertilizer application rates based on best scientific research. Application rates in the agreed-to language could be modified by PDA regulation as technology and science evolve.

The bill introduced by Alloway, however, sets hard numbers for fertilizer application rates so that future changes could only be made by action of the General Assembly. According to turf grass specialists at Penn State, the application rates in the legislation are not based on the best scientific research available.

The bill was reported out of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee one legislative day after the bill was introduced. The bill is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Please call your state senator and ask them to vote “no” on S.B. 792.

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