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.

FAP PROGRAM INFORMATION AND PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

 

Eligible Practices for FAP payments:

  • Cover Cropping
  • Conservation Crop Rotation 
  • Conservation Crop Rotation with Nurse crop
  • Conservation Tillage
  • 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, 2021
    • 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 due AUGUST 1, 2021.  
  • All other practices under FAP will be reviewed in order of receipt. 

 

How to Apply

  1. Review the FAP program information and practice requirements.
  2. Download, print and complete an Act 154 Good Standing Certification Form.
  3. If you are requesting financial assistance for rotational grazing, please be prepared to upload a completed grazing plan and grazing maps for your farm at the time of application (TEMPLATE).
  4. We strongly advise you to submit your application online but you can also download the FAP Application and submit with all other requirements to AGR.WaterQuality@Vermont.gov or to FAP Program, 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620

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Grant Recipients:

After an FAP grant agreement has been awarded, 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

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431