The Vermont Statutes Online
AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY
AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY TRAINING
4981. Agricultural Water Quality Training
(a) On or before
July 1, 2016, as part of the revisions of the required agricultural practices,
the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall adopt by rule requirements
for training classes or programs for owners or operators of small farms, medium
farms, or large farms certified or permitted under this chapter regarding:
prevention of discharges, as that term is defined in 10 V.S.A. § 1251(3); and
mitigation and management of stormwater runoff, as that term is defined in 10
V.S.A. § 1264, from farms.
(b) Any training
required under this section shall address:
(1) the existing
statutory and regulatory requirements for operation of a large, medium, or
small farm in the State;
(2) the management
practices and technical and financial resources available to assist in
compliance with statutory or regulatory agricultural requirements;
(3) the land
application of manure or nutrients, methods or techniques to minimize the
runoff of land-applied manure or nutrients to waters of the State; and
identification of weather or soil conditions that increase the risk of runoff
of land-applied manure or nutrients to waters of the State; and
required for nutrient management, including nutrient management planning.
Secretary shall include the training required by this section as a condition of
a large farm permit, medium farm permit, or small farm certification required
under this chapter. The Secretary may phase in training requirements under this
section based on farm size, permit or certification category, or available
staffing. On or before July 1, 2017, the Secretary shall establish a schedule
by which all owners or operators of small farms, medium farms, or large farms
shall complete the training required by this section.
Secretary may approve or authorize the training required by this section to be
conducted by other entities, including the University of Vermont Extension
Service and the natural resources conservation districts.
Secretary shall not charge the owner or operator of a large, medium, or small
farm for the training required by this section. The Secretary shall pay for the
training required under this section from funds available to the Agency of
Agriculture, Food and Markets for water quality initiatives. (Added 2015, No.
64, § 15.)