As our colleagues at Vermont's Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets say on their website:
More than 1.2 million acres of Vermont land is devoted to farming, and agriculture is one of our most important industries. As a whole, agriculture preserves open land, provides us healthy local foods, and is an essential part of Vermont's identity.
At the same time, Vermont's waters are critical to our economy and to our quality of life. We do not have to trade one for the other. Vermont's RAPs are an important tool designed to help farmers implement effective waste management practices that simultaneously promote the long-term viability of farms and the health of our state waterways.