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Cape Gazette GARDEN & FARM TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 23 East Coast Garden sets container design contest East Coast Garden Center will hold a contest for anyone interested in creating a design in a planter or any type of container suitable for a plant or a variety of plants. The contest will run until the weekend of Sept. 13-14. First prize will be a $50 gift certificate, and two runners-up will be given $25 gift certificates. Call East Coast Garden Center at 945-3489 for more information. Dickson certified as soil scientist Dr. ]ohnbull Dickson has been named a certified professional soil scientist by ARCPACS: A Federation of Certifying Boards in Agricul- ture, Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences. To become certified, candidates must meet rigorous academic, eth- ical, character and professional experience standards. SUBMITTED PHOTO ATTENDEES AT THE NUTRIENT management meeting included (I-r) Bill Massey, Bill Vanderwende, Bill Rohrer, Michael Scuse, Jan Seitz, Dave Hansen, Bill Saylor, John Hughes and Tom Sims, Groups gather to discuss joint environ.mental efforts , The Delaware Nutrient Man- agement Commission, state agencies, the University of Delaware, Delmarva poultry companies and the Natural Re- sources Conservation Service re- cently announced significant progress made in their coopera- tive efforts to improve Delaware's water quality and other environmental initiatives. According to Bill Vanderwende, chairman of the Nutrient Man- agement Commission, progress has been made in reductions in phosphorous in poultry litter, nu- trient management certification and continuing education, and the overall nutrient mass balance in the state of Delaware. Michael Scuse, secretary of the Delaware Department of Agri- culture (DDA), spoke about the Delaware way of problem solv- ing and thanked all the partners who have participated in build- ing a successful nutrient man- agement program. Scuse said, 's the Minner administration moves through its final year, I know that I can speak for Gov. Minner and say that the accom- plishments detailed here today represent some of our finest hours in the pursuit of environ- mental quality for a more Livable Delaware." "The agricultural industry de- serves credit for the nutrient load reductions that have been realized from various best man- agement practices," said John A. Hughes, secretary of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). "We're happy to pro- vide funding for the practices implemented by the agricultural community, which, in addition to being extraordinarily successful, are very cost-effective compared to other ways of reducing nutri- ent loads to our environment." In an overview of the 2007 Nu- trient Management Annual Re- port, Bill Rohrer, program ad- ministrator, outlined the strate- gic elements needed to imple- ment the Nutrient Management Law, including comprehensive education of nutrient handlers by certification, public and pri- vate nutrient consultants to as- sist in nutrient management plan development, alternative use projects for surplus poultry litter and compliance assistance. Among the 2007 program ac- complishments Rohrer noted the following: 92,157 tons of excess poultry litter was relocated to alternative use projects 355,984 acres of nutrientap plied farmland was managed un der a current nutrient manage ment plan with assistance from the program Allen's, Mountaire and Per due poultry companies provided compliance assistance to con tracted growers by funding, envi- ronmental assessments, alterna tives for poultry litter and more The program resolved 44 nu- trient management compliance complaints with only one result ing in an enforcement and penal Continued on page 24 LOCAL CORN I$ twit BULK MULCH Triple Grind $20/yard (fine coarse, all natural) Root Mulch $24/yard (very fine, aged, all natural) BLACK, BROWN, RED $26/yard  100% Organic Bulk Mushroom Compost Ji Topsoil $25/sceep Palletized Stone & Loose Stone BagjRd Mulch: Hardwood, Red, Black, Pine & Cedar Bagged Top Soil, Play Sand, Peat Moss & Potting Soil Carolina Long Pine Needles "Supplying Nature's Best" Closed