§4801. Purpose; State policy

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/06/215/04801
Published: 2015

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4801. Purpose; State policy

It is the

purpose of this chapter to ensure that agricultural animal wastes do not enter

the waters of this State. Therefore, it is State policy that:

(1) All farms

meet certain standards in the handling and disposal of animal wastes, as

provided by this chapter and the cost of meeting these standards shall not be

borne by farmers only, but rather by all members of society, who are in fact

the beneficiaries. Accordingly, State and federal funds shall be made available

to farms, regardless of size, to defray the major cost of complying with the

requirements of this chapter. State and federal conservation programs to assist

farmers should be directed to those farms that need to improve their

infrastructure to prohibit direct discharges or bring existing water pollution

control structures into compliance with U.S. Department of Agriculture

(U.S.D.A.) Natural Resources Conservation Service standards. Additional

resources should be directed to education and technical assistance for farmers

to improve the management of agricultural wastes and protect water quality.

(2) Officials

who administer the provisions of this chapter:

(A) shall

educate farmers and other affected citizens on requirements of this chapter

through an outreach collaboration with farm associations and other community


(B) shall, in

the process of rendering official decisions, afford farmers and other affected

citizens an opportunity to be heard and give consideration to all interests

expressed; and

(C) may provide

grants from a program established under this chapter to eligible Vermont

municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit

organizations, and citizen groups in order to provide direct financial

assistance to farms in implementing conservation practices. (Added 2003, No.

149 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 3, 2004; amended 2013, No. 83, § 10, eff. June

10, 2013.)