NEW: McAuliffe Plans Valley Stop Monday
HARRISONBURG — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe will join agricultural and environmental leaders at Cave View Farms at 10 a.m. Monday to highlight Virginia’s new Resource Management Plan program, according to a media notification about the public event.
The Weyers Cave dairy farm has been spotlighted before as an example of a farm that employs best-management practices to protect the environment.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s website indicates that the voluntary RMP program was developed over a two-year period and went into effect July 1.
Under it, farmers are encouraged to use agricultural conservation practices that limit runoff pollution in area waterways. The program also allows the state to better track operations that implement the practices.
In exchange for agreeing to develop and continually practice a RMP, farmers are assured that they will be deemed compliant with any new state standards for nutrients, sediment or water quality for a nine-year period, the DCR website stated. That includes regulations related to the protection of the Chesapeake Bay and local stream total maximum daily load requirements.