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VACD Programs

VACD administers technical enviromental programs across Vermont. 


Agricultural Resource Specialist (ARS)

Our Agricultural Resource Specialist (ARS) staff is available to assist producers by evaluating farms and recommending to the producer methods for improving environmental impacts of the farm operation.  The ARS staff is knowledgeable of Vermont’s Accepted Agricultural Practices and Best Management Practices, and will work with producers to meet the state environmental regulations.  The ARS staff provides environmental assessments of farm operations, manure management, winter spreading ban exceptions, water sampling, and information about funding to assist the producer in implementing suggested changes.

Assistance is available on manure management, proper siting of manure storage or composting facilities, technical information on water quality issues including free water quality sampling and monitoring.

Land Treatment and Conservation Program Implementation (LTCPI) 

Our Land Treatment Planning staff assist the VT Agency of Agriculture and the Federal USDA/NRCS by developing and implementing land treatment plans and comprehensive nutrient management plans. This involves work with local farmers on conservation crop rotations, pasture and hayland planting, cover crops, field stripcropping, riparian forest buffers, pest management, nutrient management fencing, pipelines, and other practices requiring tree planting.

South Lake Riparian Restoration

VACD has recently increased its capacity to help farm landowners improve water quality in the Southern Lake Champlain Watershed. Through funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This is a program of the U.S. Farm Service Agency that provides financial incentives to farm landowners to set aside buffers along water corridors to improve water quality.  This project will result in implementation of 15 new CREP projects, enrolling 75 acres in forested buffers and protecting 12 miles of streams and rivers in Rutland and Addison County. For more information contact Liz at the Rutland USDA field office at 802-775-8034 ext. 22 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pollution Reduction on Small Farms in Missisquoi and St. Albans Bay

This project will assist eight farms in the Missisquoi and St. Albans bay region implement simple practices that will have immediate impacts upon the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Champlaign watersheds from agricultural activities. The practices being proposed include installing roof drains and gutter, creating access roads and/or laneways and repairing and stabilization of a manurestorage pit. VACD's ARS staff positioned in this territory have been instrumental in identifying the issues to be addressed, suggesting solution and working with the farms to design, estimate and commit to the work being proposed under this proposal. All of these activities will reduce the amount of manure and other sources of phosphorus from entering the tributaries of the Missisquoi and St. Albans Basins.

Livestock Exclusion from Streams

VACD admisters an incentive program for livestock exclusion on a minimum of six farms and stream crossing improvements  and provide eligible participants incentive payments. The purpose of the incentive payment is to help off-set the participant’s costs of installing conservation practices on their land.

Cultural Resource Programs

Assists the Natural Conservation Resource Service (NRCS) Cultural Resource Specialist in reviewing and clearing conservation projects of cultural resources concerns in order to expedite installations within the Lake Champlain Basin and elsewhere throughout the State.