- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - New state water quality rules proposed by Vermont officials are set to cover all farms across the state, not just dairy farms as they had in the past.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/29QB6za ) if the regulations are passed, the Agency of Agriculture will now be responsible for certifying and inspecting an additional 1,500 small farms. Currently there are just 170 farms in the permitting program.

Orwell dairy farmer Miles Tudhope doesn’t like the changes. His farm, which now will be considered a small farm, already has a nutrient management plan, but now he has to document it.

In the past, small farms were only subjected to inspection by an agency water quality specialist if there was a complaint. Now they will be regularly inspected and require an annual certification of compliance.


Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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