Agricultural Resource Management Specialists
Agricultural Resource Management Specialists (ARMS) are the field enforcement agents for the Agrichemical and Plant Industry Division. These agents enforce the state laws and regulations that pertain to Feed, Seed, Fertilizer, Pesticides and certain aspects of Agricultural Water Quality in the State of Vermont. They are Matt Wood (supervisor and northwest territory), Bethany Creaser (northeast territory), Dominique Golliot (southwest territory) and Douglas Johnstone (southeast territory).
The Vermont Feed Law pertains to the Commercial Feed Law and the regulations promulgated there under and requires manufacturers of commercial feeds and pet foods to follow requirements which are ultimately designed to protect the consumer. The Field Agents enforce the feed regulations through routine and requested sampling, label review and record keeping.
The Vermont Seed Law is designed to protect the sower of seeds from purchasing products with inferior germination, in addition to substandard and noxious ingredients. Field Agents will sample seeds routinely and upon request for the purpose of identifying substandard, impure or poorly performing seeds.
The Vermont Fertilizer & Lime Law and its regulations require manufacturers of plant foods to provide amendments that meet the guarantees for plant nutrients and tonnage stated on a required label. The Field Agent will sample fertilizers and lime on a routine and requested basis, as well as inspect products for proper labeling, product integrity and accurate record keeping.
The Vermont Regulations for the Control of Pesticides is a set of rules that regulates the sales, use and distribution of pesticides in Vermont. The use of a pesticide under these regulations is defined as any handling, release or exposure of a pesticide to humans or the environment, including, but not limited to mixing, loading, application, transportation, storage, disposal and recommendation of an economic poison as defined in 6VSA Chapter 87. The Field Agents enforce these regulations through compliance assistance, routine record inspections, facility and use inspections, pesticide applicator training and recertification, as well as use/misuse investigations. The Agents are also required to satisfy EPA required partnership agreements by conducting FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) and WPS (Worker Protection Standard) related training, inspections and investigations.
The Vermont Agricultural Nonpoint Source Water Quality Program began in 1995 as a way to reduce the impact of agriculture on the quality of water in the State of Vermont. Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs) are the foundation of this program. The Field Agents enforce these rules by responding to complaints from the public, as well as providing compliance and technical assistance when appropriate.
To register complaints about the use or sale of pesticides, please contact the Agrichemical & Plant Industry Division at 802-828-2431 or electronically. It is very important that you call as soon as possible and provide as many details as you can in order for us to initiate an investigation.