This meeting is an opportunity for farmers to weigh in on what policies and programs are needed to improve milk prices and farm income. For instance, in August, Agri-Mark economists held a meeting in Albany, New York to discuss supply management ideas (proposals are available at www.dairyproposals2018.com. Do these make sense for Vermont? Do you have other ideas?
Are you a farmer or rancher whose commodities have been directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers. The sign-up period for MFP runs through January 15, 2019. Eligible producers should apply after harvest is
complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported. For more information, go to: www.farmers.gov/mfp
Thursday, December 13th
The Steakhouse Restaurant Berlin Registration 8:30 am
Meeting 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$35 (members) $45 (non-members)
lunch, morning, and afternoon refreshments, a conference room, and materials
If you wish to attend:
Contact William Sayer, Ed Larson, or Bill Driscoll and you will receive a registration form.
Mail the form to:
Vermont SFI c/o AIV
PO Box 630 Montpelier, Vt. 05601
We will meet with leaders in the VT Agency of Natural Resources, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the Silvio Conte Refuge to discuss the full spectrum of state and federal policies affecting those who earn their living by growing, managing, harvesting, transporting, or manufacturing forest, wood, and paper products, including wood energy used to produce heat or electricity. Working forests and farms, and the people who work them, are the foundation of Vermont’s rural economy, character, and culture. Working lands also produce a wide range of environmental benefits ….. including habitat for certain species of birds and other wildlife, renewable energy, and the best and most efficient known process for absorbing carbon dioxide, and for producing materials that store or replace carbon.
Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Vermont Apple and Peach Growers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon
The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Vermont apple and peach growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2019 crop year is November 20. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until November 20 to do so. Federal crop insurance is critical to the farm safety net. It helps producers and owners manage revenue risks and strengthens the rural economy. Coverage for apples and peaches is available in select counties. Additional information can be found on the Actuarial Information Browser page on the RMA website. Price elections for the 2019 crop year are $12.95 per bushel for fresh apples, $4.30 per bushel for processing apples, $37.90 per bushel for Varietal Group A apples, $15.40 for Varietal Group B apples, and $11.40 for Varietal Group C apples. Peach price elections are $51.25 per bushel for fresh peaches and $9.00 for processing peaches. Service Centers and online at the RMA. For more information about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net, visit www.rma.usda.gov