- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A University of Maryland dean says state budget cuts are expected to affect a key program that works to keep pollutants from entering the Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. Cheng-i Wei, the dean and director of the university’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Maryland Extension Service, sent a memo recently warning of cutbacks expected in the university’s nutrient management program.

The dean says the extent of the cuts is not known, but he expects them to lead to major changes.

The program focuses on cutting Bay pollution from fertilizer, manure and other so-called nutrients through education and other services to farmers and agriculture professionals. The effort is funded by the state Department of Agriculture.

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