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Title 6 : Agriculture

Chapter 215 : AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY

Subchapter 002 : Water Quality; Required Agricultural Practices and Best Management Practices

(Cite as: 6 V.S.A. § 4816)
  • § 4816. Seasonal application of manure

    (a) Prohibition on application. A person shall not apply manure to land in the State between December 15 and April 1 of any calendar year unless authorized by this section.

    (b) Extension of prohibition. The Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall amend the required agricultural practices by rule in order to establish a process under which the Secretary may prohibit the application of manure to land in the State between December 1 and December 15 and between April 1 and April 30 of any calendar year when the Secretary determines that due to weather conditions, soil conditions, or other limitations, application of manure to land would pose a significant potential of discharge or runoff to State waters.

    (c) Seasonal exemption. The Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall amend the required agricultural practices by rule in order to establish a process under which the Secretary may authorize an exemption to the prohibition on the application of manure to land in the State between December 15 and April 1 of any calendar year or during any period established under subsection (b) of this section when manure is prohibited from application. Any process established for the issuance of an exemption under the required agricultural practices may authorize land application of manure on a weekly, monthly, or seasonal basis or in authorized regions, areas, or fields in the State, provided that any exemption shall:

    (1) prohibit application of manure:

    (A) in areas with established channels of concentrated stormwater runoff to surface waters, including ditches and ravines;

    (B) in nonharvested permanent vegetative buffers;

    (C) in a nonfarmed wetland, as that term is defined in 10 V.S.A. § 902(5);

    (D) within 50 feet of a potable water supply, as that term is defined in 10 V.S.A. § 1972(6);

    (E) to fields exceeding tolerable soil loss; and

    (F) to saturated soils;

    (2) establish requirements for the application of manure when frozen or snow-covered soils prevent effective incorporation at the time of application;

    (3) require manure to be applied according to a nutrient management plan; and

    (4) establish the maximum tons of manure that may be applied per acre during any one application. (Added 2013, No. 159 (Adj. Sess.), § 15.)