The businessman admitted that farming isn't his livelihood, but more of a hobby he's passionate about. His family, however, has been in the farming business for hundreds of years.

"I'm not going to invest the money it will take to put permanent fencing in to put cattle out of the steams," he said. "I'm just going to sell them."

Holloway said providing other water for the cattle and fencing them in would cost him around $20,000.

"Farmers doing it for a profit are going to be in the same situation and they will sell their cattle. I know they will," he said.


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Other farmers saw the regulations coming, Holloway added.

He said one farmer in Darlington who raised cattle sold them and is going into harvesting corn and soybeans.

This is the direction Holloway thinks many farmers will take if the review committee upholds the regulations, which would actually be good for his business.

"I've have the opportunity to sell more products to people raising corn and soybeans rather than cattle," he said. "And I've raised beef cattle all of my life."

An article written by Buddy Hance, secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and published in The Baltimore Sun states: "The regulations provide an exception for incorporating manure for hay and pastures acres, no till, or highly erodible conditions and allow spray irrigation of nutrients on existing crops and allow winter grazing of livestock."

The article continued: "The regulations allow for fall fertilization of small grain crops depending on soil test to evaluate residual nitrogen. This is based on four years of University of Maryland field research replicated in three locations across the state that demonstrates fall fertilizer is not cost effective in increasing yields."

Hance goes on to write that Soil Conservation District staff will evaluate sites "to allow for the use of alternative best management practices, such as stream crossings, alternate watering facilities, pasture management or vegetative exclusion that are equally protective of water quality."

"The goal of the process is to achieve consistency in the way all sources of nutrients are managed," the article read. "These draft regulations strike a balance between maximizing water quality benefits and practical needs of implementing requirements in the field and assuring economic impacts are manageable."