The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded $264,169 in water quality grants to farmers, in Addison, Franklin, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland counties. The grants will be used for 10 capital improvement projects totaling $2.4 million that will reduce runoff and improve manure management on the farms. The Viability Program grants are matched by the farmers’ funds, bank loans, and grant funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, said, “These grants are helping farmers make necessary improvements to their farms to comply with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practice and to improve water quality. Without the assistance from the Viability Program, NRCS, and the Ag Agency, it would be difficult for farmers to prioritize these important projects.”