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Agricultural Water Quality

More than 1.2 million acres of Vermont land is devoted to farming, and agriculture is one of our most important industries. As a whole, agriculture preserves open land, provides us healthy local foods, and is an essential part of Vermont's identity. At the same time, Vermont's waters are critical to our economy and to our quality of life. We do not have to trade one for the other.

The VAAFM Water Quality Division is responsible for administering the Vermont Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. This includes:

  • Farm Water Quality Inspections and Enforcement
  • Education and Outreach to the Agricultural Community about Regulations and Requirements
  • Technical and Financial Assistance to Achieve State Water Quality Goals


Vermont's Required Agricultural Practices are an important tool designed to help farmers implement effective waste management practices that simultaneously promote the long-term viability of farms and the health of our state waterways. In this section, you'll find an evolving collection of resources aimed at educating farmers, landowners, and Vermonters-at-large about the Agency's water quality program. Updates are made on a continuous basis. If you have questions or would like to speak to a member of the Agency's water quality team, please call 802-828-2431.