The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is announcing a second revision of the Medium Farm Operation General Permit. The second public commenting period will begin on April 23, 2018 and remain open through May 4, 2018.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (the Agency) is issuing notice of a second 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 2018. This permit will span from 2018 to 2023, 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.
For the current revision of the MFO GP, a first draft was released on October 2, 2017, accompanied by a public hearing on November 2, 2017 in Montpelier. A public comment period was open from October 2, 2017 through December 1, 2017. The Agency reviewed public comments received during the comment period and made revisions, as necessary, to the first draft of the MFO GP. Ensuring the regulated community and other interested parties have sufficient time to review and comment on proposed changes, VAAFM is releasing a second revised draft of the MFO GP and announcing a second public comment period.
The second public comment period for the draft MFO GP will begin on April 23, 2018, and last until May 4, 2018. Following the closure of the second public comment period on May 4, 2018, the Agency will respond to all comments recieved throughout the MFO GP revision process in a Responsivenss Summary, which will posted alongside the Final MFO GP.
The Agency encourages all to review the changes made to the draft MFO 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