Support for Cover Cropping & Other Soil Quality Practices

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program is accepting applications for support for winter cover cropping for the fall of 2011. Applications are due August 1 for maximum funding.

FAP is  also accepting applications for additional practices that will be implemented July 1, 2011 – December 15, 2011. The practices include: conservation crop rotation, summer and nurse crop cover cropping, alternative manure incorporation, aeration tillage, conservation tillage, strip cropping, and cross-slope tillage.

The goal of the FAP Program is to provide Vermont farms with state financial assistance for the implementation of soil-based practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges. The FAP Program also encourages continued assistance for nutrient management plan update/maintenance and outreach on agricultural water quality impacts and agricultural water quality regulations through educational and instructional activity grants.

Please note that funding is still available for applications received after the July 1 deadline, but funding levels for these practices may be at reduced rates. Our goal is to receive and review applications prior to the practices being implemented.

Please contact Nate Sands at 828-0459 or nathaniel.sands@state.vt.us prior to implementing any practices to verify whether or not funding is available.

Applications and information available online at http://www.vermontagriculture.com/ARMES/awq/FAP.html

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