The Vermont Legislature passed Vermont’s Clean Water Act (Act 64) and it was signed into law in the summer of 2015. Act 64 directed the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) to revise the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) to include required training and certification of custom manure applicators that operate within the State of Vermont.
A "custom applicator” is a person who is engaged in the business of applying manure or nutrients to land and who charges or collects other consideration for the service. All custom applicators must be certified with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to operate within the stat of Vermont.
Custom Manure Applicator Review and Exam Sessions:
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ST. ALBANS: December 19th at the American Legion, 100 Parah Drive
ST. JOHNSBURY: December 20th at Springfield College, 347 Emerson Falls Rd,
MIDDLEBURY: January 5th at the American Legion, 49 Wilson Road
Please Register with Lindsey Ruhl at UVM Extension: 802-524-6501 or e-mail: email@example.com
The exam is free, however for those seeking certification for the 2018 season, there will be a $30 Certification Fee.
Requirements for Custom Applicators:
Required Agricultural Practices (RAP) Rule requires that:
- Custom applicators be ceritified by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Certification lasts for 5 years
- Certified applicators must receive 8 hours of training each five-year period of certification
- Applicators have to demonstrate knowledge of RAPs and all other applicable agricultural rules and permits
- Custom applicators have to train all of their employees and seasonal workers in methods or techniques to minimize runoff to surface water
To maintain your certification, you will need to receive a total of 8 credit hours over the course of the 5 years of your ceritifcation.
For example, if you attended the 2017 Winter Certification Class #1 and the 2017/2018 Final Certification & Exam Class, you will have a total of seven credit hours and will need to receive one more credit hour over the next four years to maintain your certification.
Credits can be given through VAAFM approved meetings or events.
Vermont Custom Applicator Online Training: This course can provide a custom applicator with educational credits and it can also be used a tool for training seasonal employees. In order to receive credit, the certificate of completion must be shared with VAAFM.
Mail: Agricultural Resource Managment Division
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620
If you have any questions about the Required Agricultural Practices, or how the new Rules pertain to custom manure applicators, please contact either:
Agency of Resource Management
Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
You can also contact Extension staff (listed below) with any questions.
Agronomist and Nutrient Management Specialist
278 S. Main Street Ste. 2
St. Albans, VT 05478
Agronomy Outreach Professional
23 Pond Lane, Ste. 300 Middlebury, VT 05753
w: 802-388-4969 ext. 348
Crops and Soils Coordinator
278 S. Main Street Suite 2
St. Albans, VT 05478
Updated Water Quality Laws:
- Requires VAAFM to adopt, as part of the revisions of the RAPs, requirements for the certification of custom applicators.
- Custom applicator means a person engaged in the business of applying manure or nutrients to land for compensation.
- Custom applicators shall be required to complete 8 hours of training over each 5 year period.
- The training shall address application methods to minimize runoff and identification of weather or soil conditions that increase risk of runoff.
Law Implementation Deadlines:
- VAAM must adopt rules for certification of custom applicators by July 1, 2016.
- VAAFM must adopt rule for agricultural water quality training for LFOs, MFOs, and SFOs by July 1, 2016
- VAAFM must establish a schedule for LFO, MFO, and SFO water quality training by January 1, 2017