When Vermont’s large farms file their permits on Feb. 15 they’ll be required to pay a fee for the first time.
Vermont’s new water quality law includes added requirements for the state’s large and medium farm operation permits.
“Act 64 laid out some changes to the LFO and MFO permits, most notably was the addition of a permit fee,” said Ryan Patch of the Agency of Agriculture.
Vermont’s 28 large farms, those with over 700 cows, will each pay $2,500 with their permits. At the end of April, the state’s 139 medium farms will pay $1,500 apiece.
The money will go to an agriculture water quality special fund to help pay for the administration of programs and requirements created by the law.