ACAP provides direct technical assistance to animal agriculture operations in order to improve water quality in Lake Champlain and its tributaries. Administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM), though the Clean Water Fund, with direct assistance provided by UVM Extension, and the Poultney-Mettowee Conservation District.

On-Farm Technical Assistance

The staff agronomists advise participating farmers on topics such as crop production to reduce erosion and nutrient loss from fields; farmstead best management practices for improved manure and water management; fencing to keep livestock away from water resources; reduced phosphorus runoff using soil aeration and alternative manure application systems; whole-farm nutrient balances and other identified Best Management Practices (BMPs). Two priority strategies of ACAP are:

  • Increase the number of Extension personnel available for on-farm technical assistance, education and support.
  • Provide financial and regulatory incentives to install fencing (temporary or permanent), watering systems, and stream crossings in order to improve management of animals in and around streams and rivers.

Conservation Practices

Specific target areas include:

  • Nutrient management
  • Nutrient Mass Balance
  • Manure storage and handling
  • Cover crops
  • Soil aeration and/or manure injection
  • Conservation tillage
  • Field buffers
  • Sensitive area seeding/grassed waterways
  • Livestock exclusion from streams
  • Farmstead clean water separation
  • Barnyard areas
  • Milking center waste
  • Silage leachate
  • Livestock mortality


If you are intersted in participating in ACAP, please contact the Agronomy Outreach Professional in your region:

Northwest Crops and Soils

Jeff Sanders
278 South Main Street, Suite 2
St. Albans, VT 05478-1866
802-524-6501 ext. 453

Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture

Jeff Carter
23 Pond Lane, Suite 300
Middlebury, VT 05733-1189
802-388-4969 ext 338

Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District

Jennifer Alexander
P.O. Box 209
Poultney, VT 05764

Our Supporters

ACAP is made possible with foundational support support from:

Senator Patrick Leahy

VT Agency of Natural Resources logo

and continuing support from

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets logo

Vermont Clean Water Initiative Logo