Enforcement Reports

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Enforcement & Compliance

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) has developed a comprehensive approach to the regulation of farms in the State in order to best protect water resources. The development of a three-tiered approach to regulating Vermont farms allows for a logical progression in regulatory oversight as a farm grows in size from a small farm subject to regulation under the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) Regulations, to a Medium Farm Operation (MFO) regulated under the state's MFO General Permit, to a Large Farm Operation (LFO) regulated under a LFO Individual Permit.  Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), cases involving suspected point source discharges of waste to water are referred to the ANR Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for investigation. (See below for a link to the MOU.)

Administrative Penalty Form And Guidance

Regulatory Enforcement Process

  • Act 64 Vermont's Clean Water Act Recognizes VAAFM water quality enforcement authority in 6 V.S.A. Chapter 215 Subchapter 10. 

  • VAAFM now has the authority to
    • issue emergency orders to protect water quality; 
    • require the implementation of mandatory corrective actions; and
    • remove livestock when the volume of waste exceeds farm capacity. 
  • Under 6 V.S.A. Chapter. 215, when VAAFM identifies a small, medium, or large farm in violation of the RAP, MFO, or LFO requirements, VAAFM shall initiate the enforcement process.
  • MOU between AAFM and ANR Regarding Implementaton and Enforcement of Agricultural Water Quality Programs

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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                  802.461.5128
  • 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