Water Quality Educational Credits

Farmers and Custom Applicators

Four hours of Agricultural Water Quality Training is now required every five years for CSFO, MFO and LFO operators, and eight hours every five years for Certified Custom Applicators. Visit the Agency Calendar to learn about events occuring near you!

If you would like to know how many credits you have recieved, or how many credits you still need to aquire per the Required Agricutlural Practices, please call 1-802-828-2431 or email AGR.WaterQuality@Vermont.gov.

Water Quality Credits can also be obtained through the online RAP Quiz, a useful online educational course for livestock farmers and service providers to spread awareness about the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) and water quality management options.The quiz takes about an hour to complete and Farmers will receive two water quality credits upon successful completion of the quiz. The RAP Quiz is an engaging education course that includes an outline of how the RAPs apply to your farmstead, field & nutrient management, video and photo examples of commonly misunderstood RAP topics, such as livestock exclusion from surface water, information on how different management practices impact water quality, and links to resources for grants and assistance.

Event Providers

Apply for Water Quality Training Credit

If you/your organization is holding an educational training or event, water quality credits for farm owners or operators can be awarded to attendees. Please complete the application at least 30 days prior to the event and a committee will evaluate its applicability for water quality training credits and determine the number of hours awarded.

To be considered as Water Quality Training Credit, four hours of which is required by Certified Small, Medium, and Large Farm Operations every 5 years pursuant the Required Agricultural Practices (6 V.S.A. Chapter 215 § 4981), Training shall provide information regarding:

(1)    The prevention of discharges;

(2)    The mitigation and management of stormwater runoff;

(3)    Statutory and regulatory requirements of the operation of a large, medium, or small farm and financial resources available to assist in compliance

(4)    The mechanical application of manure or nutrient and methods or techniques used to minimize the runoff od applied manure or nutrients to waters of the state;

(5)    Weather and soil conditions that increase the risk of runoff of manure or nutrients to waters of the State; and

(6)    Standards for nutrient management including nutrient management planning.

Grant Funding to Support Education: For Organizations, Farmers, or Businesses

Complete the Educational and Instructional Activities Application to apply for grant funding for educational or instructional activities through the Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) program. 

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


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                  802.522.7811
  • 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