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Farm Agronomic Practices Program

The Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program utilizes state funding to help Vermont farms implement soil-based agronomic practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges. The FAP program also provides education and instructional activity grants to support outreach regarding the impacts of agricultural practices on water quality and current state agricultural water quality regulations. Click here to learn more about the Farm Agronomic Practices program and its benefits to Vermont farmers.



Eligible Practices for FAP payments:

  • Cover Cropping
  • Crop to Hay
  • Crop to Hay with Nurse crop
  • No Till
  • No Till Pasture and Hayland Renovation
  • Rotational Grazing
  • Manure Injection
  • Educational or Instructional Activities

Program Details and Deadlines:

  • Grants are limited to $8,000 per farm operation per State fiscal year [July 1 to June 30]
  • Funding rates may change based on program demand and available funding.
  • Activities that occur prior to FAP application approval cannot be compensated for and all applications due at least one month (30 days) prior to practice implementation
  • Rotational Grazing applications are due JUNE 15.
    • Rotational Grazing Applications must include a copy of the applicants Grazing Plan and grazing map/s clearly indicating the field boundaries and all lands submitted for assistance.
      •  Required elements of a grazing plan are: (1) Grazing Plan Description and Overview, (2) Maps and Acreages submitted for payment under this program, (3) Grazing Infrastructure (4) Recovery and Rest Period Considerations, and (5) Animal Numbers and Forage Requirements. If the applicant has a full Grazing Plan developed with a Grazing Specialist, submit that. Otherwise, use the VAAFM Grazing Plan Template, which can either be filled in on your computer or printed and filled in by hand.
  • Cover Crop applications are due AUGUST 1.  
  • All practices under FAP will be reviewed in order of receipt. 


How to Apply

  1. Review the FAP program information and practice requirements.
  2. If you are requesting financial assistance for rotational grazing, prepare to upload a completed grazing plan and grazing maps for your farm at the time of application (GRAZING PLAN TEMPLATE).
  3. We strongly advise you to submit your application online but you can also download the FAP Application and submit with all other requirements to or to FAP Program, 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620

Link to Online FAP Application


Grant Recipients:

After an FAP grant agreement has been awarded and signed by all parties, a Claim Form is required to be submitted within 30 days of practice implementation, or at the end of the grazing season as part of the grant documentation. If a claim form is not received, the State cannot guarantee payment on the grant.

Conservation Practice Claim Form: This form, also available as the last page of your grant agreement, should be submitted within 30 days of field practice implementation, to your grant manager. Below is a PDF and Excel Version of this Claim form for grant recipients.

Rotational Grazing Claim Form: Records can be managed in the format preferred by the operator, but the Grazing Claim Form should be filled out using your grazing records to summarize the season's grazing. Below are a PDF and Excel Version of this Grazing Claim Form for grant recipients.

Educational and Instructional Activities:

  • Educational and Instructional Activities applications must be submitted at least 1 month before activity and will be processed on a first-come-first served basis.

Educational and Instructional Activities FAP Application