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Vermont New Farmer Project Vermont New Farmer Project

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, animals, and energy that results in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Your local NRCS office can help you plan and install the best conservation practices for your land based on your management style, your goals, and the resource issues that you have on your operation.

Producers who apply for a conservation program and who self certify that they are a beginning farmer at the time of application could receive payments for their completed practices that are a higher rate than non beginning farmers, if selected for a contract. On average, beginning farmers receive 90% of the cost to install a practice through a conservation program contract, versus 75% for non-beginning farmers. To be eligible for these elevated payments, you must self-certify that you are a beginning farmer at the time you apply for a contract. The definition of a beginning farmer is located at your local NRCS field office and at this web address: 

Programs available in Vermont:
Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP)
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) 

Contact your local field office for more information:

Addison County
Caledonia and Essex Counties
Chittenden County
Franklin and Grand Isle Counties
Lamoille County
Orange and Washington Counties
Orleans County
Rutland and Bennington Counties
Windham County
Windsor County

Go to the Vermont NRCS Programs web site for a list of conservation programs:

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Last modified August 12 2010 08:09 PM