The Vermont Statutes Online
AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY
VERMONT CRITICAL AREA SEEDING AND FILTER STRIP PROGRAM
4900. Vermont Seeding and Filter Strip Program
Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets is authorized to develop a Vermont
critical source area seeding and filter strip program in addition to the
federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in order to compensate farmers
for establishing and maintaining harvestable perennial vegetative grassed
waterways and filter strips on agricultural cropland perpendicular and adjacent
to the surface waters of the State, including ditches. Eligible acreage would
include annually tilled cropland or a portion of cropland currently cropped as
hay that will not be rotated into an annual crop for a 10-year period of time.
Acreage that is currently managed as hay shall have a prior history of rotation
as corn or other annual commodity crop.
payments from the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall be made at the
outset of a 10-year agreement to establish or maintain the acreage as
harvestable grassed waterway or filter strip.
(c) The Secretary
of Agriculture, Food and Markets may establish by procedure financial and
technical criteria for the implementation and operation of the Vermont critical
source area seeding and filter strip program.
enrolled in the Vermont agricultural buffer program shall be considered to be
in "active use" as that term is defined in 32 V.S.A. § 3752(15).
(e) As used in
this section, "surface waters" means all rivers, streams, ditches,
creeks, brooks, reservoirs, ponds, lakes, and springs which are contained
within, flow through, or border upon the State or any portion of it. (Added
2005, No. 147 (Adj. Sess.), § 55, eff. May 15, 2006; amended 2009, No. 110
(Adj. Sess.), § 10, eff. May 18, 2010; 2015, No. 39, § 15.)