New Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for Water Quality

As required by Vermont's new Clean Water Act (Act 64), VAAFM has released its draft of new Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs). The draft includes new requirements for small farm certification, nutrient management planning, buffer zones, nutrient storage, livestock exclusion, and more. The Agency is now hosting public meetings throughout the state to gather feedback from Vermonters on the proposed RAPs. The final three meetings will be held next week. 

  • 12/8: Newport, Eastside Restaurant from 2-4pm
  • 12/10: Montpelier, Room 11 @ Vermont State House from 9-11am
  • 12/10: Randolph, Chandler Music Hall from 2-4pm

The agency is also accepting written comments on the RAPs through December 18, 2015. Written comments can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to 

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Attn: RAPs
116 State St. 
Montpelier, VT 05620-2901