By Chuck Ross, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
As part of Act 64, the “Accepted Agricultural Practices” (AAPs) will be re-written to a higher level of performance and renamed the “Required Agricultural Practices” (RAPs). Between now and the end of the year, we will be holding meetings across the state to seek your input about the proposed new rules. This is your chance to share your feedback with us, and help shape the new rules which will govern ag practices in our state.
We are hosting a series of regional meetings, as outlined in the graphic below. We urge you to get engaged in this process – attend a meeting, review the proposed RAPs online (here), and speak with your friends and fellow farmers about the RAPs. We need your input to ensure these rules will be workable for farmers, the environment, the ag industry, and our communities.