Stiffer regs proposed for farmers

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Clark Hinsdale, retiring president of the Vermont Farm Bureau, listens to Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross read a proclamation from Governor Peter Shumlin honoring the centennial of the organization.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Clark Hinsdale, retiring president of the Vermont Farm Bureau, listens to Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross read a proclamation from Governor Peter Shumlin honoring the centennial of the organization. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle November 11, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

JAY — All but the tiniest Vermont farms will be expected to keep close tabs on runoff from fields. That was the stern message delivered by Laura DiPietro, deputy director of the Agriculture Resource Management Division for the state Agency of Agriculture to delegates at the 2015 annual meeting of the Vermont Farm Bureau.

Ms. DiPietro set forth the substance of what her boss, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, called “a draft draft” of regulations establishing required agricultural practices (RAP) for the state’s farms. While Ms. DiPietro encouraged farmers to raise questions and contribute their opinions before the draft of the regulations is finalized in January, it was clear from her remarks, and those of Mr. Ross, that the state intends to ask more from farmers in its attempt to control phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

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