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Accepted Agricultural Practices

Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs) Summary

The Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAP’s) are standards designed to reduce non-point source pollutant discharges through implementation of improved farming techniques.  For details of the AAP’s or for technical assistance, contact your Natural Resource Conservation District, Agricultural Resource Specialist or the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets ( http://www.vermontagriculture.com). Following is a summary of some of the practices:

Discharges

  • No direct waste discharge to surface water.
  • Manage facilities to prevent waste runoff.
  • Limit trampling and equipment damage on banks.
  • Leave banks in natural vegetated state.

Nutrient & Pesticide Storage

  • No storage on lands subject to overland flow.
  • Prevent discharge from waste systems.
  • No storage within 100’ of wells, property line or surface water.

Nutrient & Pesticide Application

  • Apply according to soil tests taken every 5 years.
  • Incorporate manure within 48 hours in floodplains.
  • No manure spreading between Dec 15- April 1.
  • No manure applied within 10’ of surface water or within 25’ at runoff points.
  • No livestock or manure within 50’ of wells

Soil Cultivation

  • Manage crop fields so that soil erosion loss does not exceed 2 tons per acre (according to Natural Resource Conservation Service standards).

Mortality Composting

  • 100’ from boundary, wells, surface water.
  • Not on land subject to annual overflow.
  • 300’ from neighboring domiciles.

Buffer Zones

  • Maintain 10’ buffers of vegetation, 25’ at runoff points.
  • No manure application in buffer zone.
  • Fertilize and tilling only for maintenance.
  • May be harvested.

Construction of Farm Structures

  • Maintain local setbacks and  no-build area.
  • Build at least 50’ from top of bank.
  • Design waste facilities to NRCS standards.
  • Structures disturbing > 1 acre need Agency of Natural Resources permit.

Download a Accepted Agricultural Practices Brochure here

VACD Agricultural Resource Specialists

Northwestern Vermont
Pam Stefanek
802-388-6746 x26
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Northeastern Vermont
Sarah Damsell                   
802-334-8325 x20
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Southern Vermont
Sylvia Harris              
802-254-5323 x105
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Southern Vermont Nutrient Management Program

Nutrient Management Educator
Jennifer Durham                    
802-558-6470
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This summary of the Accepted Agricultural Practices is provided through the Windham County NRCD.