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Reasonable Assurance
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All of the components of the Chesapeake Bay planning/policy/regulatory pie share the core question:

What can be built into policy, program or regulations aimed at improving conservation and water quality that gives assurance that the plan will be implemented?

While reasonable assurance is a simple concept, it is not always easy to achieve. Behind the theories and the fine print, members of the agricultural community are working out approaches that strike a balance between their commitment to stewardship, the public's right to know, and running a successful ag enterprise.

The goal of this webinar was to submit the idea of reasonable assurance to some healthy analysis and discussion. We looked at concepts and theory along with three case studies of reasonable assurance in action.

Reasonable Assurance Webinar from American Farmland Trust on Vimeo.

Download Reasonable Assurance PowerPoint Presentations

John Stierna
Federal Policy Consultant
American Farmland Trust

Don McNutt
District Administrator
Lancaster County Conservation District

Gary F. Kelman, MS, CEP
CAFO Program Manager
Maryland Department of the Environment

Jeff Smith
Corporate Environmental Manager
Perdue Farms Incorporated

Download Reasonable Assurance Webinar Background Materials

Reasonable Assurance Discussion Draft

Perdue Clean Water Environmental Initiative Fact Sheet

Landcaster County Conservation District Newsletter

MDE New Source Performance Design Criteria for Poultry Operations


American Farmland Trust