The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is collecting public comment on the new water quality rules and Required Agricultural Practices (RAPS) until Thursday July 7th. A series of public hearings on the updated proposed RAP rule were held in June to explain changes to the proposed rule over the past several months.
Submit your comments to the Agency of Agriculture by July 7th. At that point, the RAPS rule will undergo final revisions and be prepared for legislative review in August. Click here to see the rule making timeline.
Public Comment regarding the Draft RAPs can be submitted by e-mail to the address below:
Farmers can apply for funding to advance their conservation investments. Click this link to see the full press release: CSPSignUP_Jan2015
“CSP is a way of incentivizing farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship,” said Vicky Drew, Vermont State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “By focusing on multiple resource concerns, landowners are able to achieve a sustainable landscape and maintain or increase the productivity of their operations.”
Through CSP, participants take additional conservation steps to improve the resource conditions on their land, including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation.
Click here to view the full press release: CSPSignUP_Jan2015