VAAFM files final proposed subsurface tile drainage rule

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) filed the final proposed rule amendment to the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) and the Secretary of State (SOS).  The amendment includes requirements for reducing nutrient contribution to waters of the State from subsurface tile drainage on agricultural fields. The formal rule amendment process began in January of this year with recommended changes provided by the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR) during the process.  VAAFM made several amendments and formally filed the proposed rule on February 28, 2018.  In farming, a tile drain system removes excess water from agricultural soils below the surface, usually through a system of plastic piping.  For more information on agricultural subsurface tile drainage, please see the Vermont Subsurface Agricultural Tile Drain Report prepared by VAAFM and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/ag/files/pdf/water_quality/Research/TD-Report/Vermont-Subsurface-Agricultural-Tile-Drain-Report-01312017.pdf(link is external)Prior to initiating the formal rule amendment process, the Agency was engaged in various discussions and nine meetings to gather feedback pertaining to the content of the amendment, involving 190 attendees that provided insight as the rule amendment process began. Following the filing of the proposed rule , the Agency held a public comment period which ran from February 28, 2018 through April 20, 2018. During this time frame, the Agency held three public hearings in St. Albans, Montpelier, and Middlebury to gather additional feedback on the final proposed rule, in which 33 interested individuals attended. Overall, the Agency received over 50 written and emailed comments on the proposed rule amendment.The proposed rule amendment, an updated RAP Rule Draft, the responsiveness summary to public comments received, and other pertinent information can be found at: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/rap-tile-rule(link is external)  Source: VFAAM 8.31.2018. Please direct any questions regarding the proposed amendment or the RAPs to [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call (802) 272-0323last_img read more

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first_imgAre you a budding photographer with dreams of becoming the next David Bailey or Mario Testino? Well it’s time to make your claim to the title of Skyscanner’s photographer of the month and win a Canon IXUS digital camera!Every month, we will invite you to submit your best holiday pics based on a specific theme, and we’ll publish the finalists we think deserve to take the title of Skyscanner Photographer of the Month.To kick things off, our photo theme this month is ‘water’. Big water, deep water, white water. Slow water, low water, high water. Water wings, water parks, water worlds. From raindrops to waterfalls – if you’ve got a great picture that fits the H2O theme – we want to see it!There are two ways to submit your photographs:On Facebook1. Join the Skyscanner Facebook Page2. Post a maximum of three pictures to our wall3. Tell us where your picture(s) was taken.Via Email1. Ensure your picture file size is no more than 72dpi and is no more than 500 pixels wide2. Send a maximum of three images per person to: [email protected] Put ‘Photo Comp Water’ in the email subject line.4. Remember to include your name and where the picture(s) was taken.So get submitting and good luck!Skyscanner Photo comp T&Cs1. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.2. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them.3. Images submitted must have been taken with the permission of the subject and not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.4. Copyright for all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. Each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Skyscanner to feature any or all of the submitted images on their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition, or promotional material in third party publications.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner Photographers of the Month: Hall of FameEvery month we run a Photographer of the Month competition with a different theme10 top tips for travel photographers10 invaluable travel photography tips, like how to get the best shots, what equipment to use, and more.50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii.last_img read more