The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is announcing the revision of the Medium Farm Operation General Permit. The public commenting period will begin on October 2, 2017 and remain open through December 1, 2017. A public hearing will occur on November 2, 2017 from 3:00-6:00PM at the Auditorium Pavilion in Montpelier, VT.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (the Agency) is issuing notice of a draft revision of the Medium Farm Operation (MFO) General Permit (GP). This GP revision is statutorily required of the Agency every five years. The current MFO GP was issued in 2012, and is therefore due for updating.
The MFO GP was first established in 2007, and underwent revision for the first time in 2012, and will now be revised for a second time in 2017. This permit will span from 2017 to 2022, as the MFO GP must be revised every five years, pursuant to the Medium and Small Farm Operation Rules for Issuance of General and Individual Permits.
Many of the revisions for the updated MFO GP are a simplification of the existing GP through the streamlining of requirements already covered under the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) – which requires compliance for all MFOs (for more information on the RAPs, please visit: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/ rap). For a summary of changes within the MFO GP, please click here.
The public comment period for the draft MFO GP will begin on October 2, 2017, and last until December 1, 2017, and will be accompanied by a public hearing for the MFO GP. The public hearing will be held at the Auditorium Pavilion in Montpelier, VT on November 2, 2017, from 3:00-6:00PM.
Following the closure of the public comment period on December 1, 2017, the Agency will respond to all comments at the time the MFO GP is issued.
The Agency encourages all to review the changes made to the draft GP and submit any comments electronically to: AGR.WaterQuality@vermont.gov or in writing to:
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Attention: Water Quality Program
116 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620
For more information about the MFO GP revision process, to read the GP in full, or to read a detailed summary please visit: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/mfo