Agricultural Water Quality Regulations

Assistance Programs

Enforcement & Compliance

Water Quality Initiatives

Additional Resources

Large Farm Operations (LFOs)

Medium Farm Operations (MFOs)

Certified Small Farm Operations (CSFOs)

Agricultural Water Quality

More than 1.2 million acres of Vermont land is devoted to farming, and agriculture is one of our most important industries. As a whole, agriculture preserves open land, provides us healthy local foods, and is an essential part of Vermont's identity. At the same time, Vermont's waters are critical to our economy and to our quality of life. We do not have to trade one for the other.

The VAAFM Water Quality Division is responsible for adminstering the Vermont Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. This includes:

  • Farm Water Quality Inspections and Enforcement
  • Education and Outreach to the Agricultural Community about Regulations and Requirements
  • Technical and Financial Assistance to Achieve State Water Quality Goals


Vermont's Required Agricultural Practices are an important tool designed to help farmers implement effective waste management practices that simultaneously promote the long-term viability of farms and the health of our state waterways. In this section, you'll find an evolving collection of resources aimed at educating farmers, landowners, and Vermonters-at-large about the Agency's water quality program. Updates are made on a continuous basis. If you have questions or would like to speak to a member of the Agency's water quality team, please call 802-828-2431.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431