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2016 RAP Amendment Process Archive

Rulemaking Process Documentation

1st and 2nd Draft RAP Downloadable Documents and Helpful Links

Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs) Regulations

Accepted Agricultural Practices Regulations (Effective April 24, 2006 - December 15, 2016)

Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs) are the foundation of Vermont’s Agricultural Nonpoint Source Water Quality Program.  AAPs are state-wide restrictions designed to conserve and protect natural resources by reducing non-point source pollution through the implementation of improved farming techniques rather than investments in structures and equipment.  All agricultural operators are required to conduct their farming activities in compliance with the AAPs, including all medium and large farms operating under permits.  

The original AAP regulations, adopted in 1995, addressed animal waste management, erosion and sediment control, vegetative buffer zones along surface waters, fertilizer management and pesticide management.   Amendments to Vermont’s Agricultural Water Quality Law (Title 6 Vermont Statutes Annotated, Chapter 215), along with 10 years of experience in working with the AAPs since their adoption in 1995, led to the need to update and revise the AAPs in 2006.   The AAP regulations now include requirements related to the management of streambanks, animal mortalities, groundwater contamination, and setbacks for manure storage and land application. 

Investigations into alleged violations of the AAPs are conducted by Vermont Agency of Agriculture Field Agents. These Agents also conduct investigations into cases of alleged pesticide misuse and collect samples of animal feed and fertilizer for analysis to ensure product quality and integrity

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