Fencing & Pasture: Cows with Wheel

Grass-based farming has the ability to provide many beneficial impacts to Vermont’s environmental, economic and social wellbeing. Well-managed grass-based livestock farms buffer nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus (Winsten 2004), hold soil in place through roots and biological aggregation, reduce soil compaction (a contributor to nutrient run off), and create greater water-holding capacity (NRCS 2003)(Rotz et al. 2009).  Additional beneficial impacts include protection of wildlife habitat, management of invasive plant species, and adaptation to conditions within a changing climate (Franzluebbers et al. 2012). Well-managed grass-based livestock farms have been shown to have financial viability and high quality of life (Colby 2012).

For all of these reasons, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is partnering with UVM Extension's pasture programs to provide technical assistance for improved pasture management and exclusion of livestock from surface water.

VAAFM can provide participating livestock farmers with financial assistance towards approved conservation
practice implementation. These include:

  • Fence
  • Pipeline
  • Water Source Development
  • Water Tanks
  • Electric Fence Chargers
  • Stream Crossings
  • Improved Permanent Water Area

VAAFM may also be able to provide additional financial assistance on EQIP grazing contracts. The combined state and federal cost share can cover up to 90% of eligible practice costs.

Get in touch to see if we can help on your farm!


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Woodcut of a farm with people gathering produce and cows grazing