Vermont Pay for Phosphorus program open for applications from farms

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets recently opened applications for the new Vermont Pay for Phosphorus program, one of the first of its kind in the United States. Climate change-caused increases in precipitation and intense rain events are likely to cause increases in nutrient leaching and runoff from fertilized fields, which will degrade water quality. The Pay for Phosphorus program will build on the success of the current clean water efforts and Vermont’s engaged farmers. Agriculture was responsible for 97% of the reported phosphorus reductions in the Lake Champlain Basin in FY 2019 – and achieved these reductions with the most cost-effective rate of implementation in any sector. Read more about Vermont’s Pay for Phosphorus program.