ST. ALBANS, VT. >> The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is holding a public hearing on a plan to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff from farms in northern Vermont into Lake Champlain.

The hearing will be held Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in St. Albans.

Agency Secretary Chuck Ross previously rejected a petition filed by an environmental group last year that called on him to require the roughly 400 farmers in the basin to adopt "best management practices" for reducing polluted runoff.

Conservation Law Foundation appealed the secretary's rejection to the state environmental court. Under an agreement signed in September, Ross said he would issue a revised decision following the public hearing.