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Nutrient Trading in Maryland

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A Win-Win Situation

Nutrient trading is a voluntary option for addressing water quality problems through the buying and selling of nitrogen and phosphorus credits.  By implementing conservation practices that reduce nutrient runoff, farmers and landowners can generate tradable credits to sell as offsets in the management of existing loading caps as well as the accommodation of economic and population growth.  Nutrient trading provides a new source of revenue for the agricultural community while improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.   

In partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Trading Program, we have produced an educational video on the basics of nutrient trading and  the specifics of Maryland’s program. This video features both animation and the perspectives of some well-known individuals from various state agencies and organizations in explaining the trading process and the benefits of the program.



American Farmland Trust