Required Agricultural Practices
As a result of Act 64—the Vermont Clean Water Act—signed into law in June 2015, the Agency of Agriculture was tasked with updating the Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs) to further reduce the impact of agriculture on water quality across the state. The Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) are an updated version of the AAPs, the rules in place since 1995 which regulate farms in order to protect water quality, re-written to a higher level of performance.
For a summary of the new RAP’s: click here
To learn what “size” your farm classifies as: click here
To see effective dates of activities regulated under the rule: click here
Part 1 through 3 of the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District hosted presentation on the Vermont Required Agricultural Practices conducted 2-21-2017.
To view the presentation slides; VAAFM-RAP-Presentation
Links to more information
http://agriculture.vermont.gov/rap About the RAP’s
http://agriculture.vermont.gov/water-quality/regulations/sfo Regulations for small farms