Farmers are always facing change. Change is challenging. From wild weather swings to global market forces, farmers are always riding stormy seas.Change was the primary theme recently at a Dairy Summit in Jay. The two-day summit brought together more than 240 people from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and New England. All those attending the summit, including more than 100 dairy farmers, were intentional in their desire to make positive changes to the industry. Through collaboration and creative change, farmers are developing strategies and ideas for future work at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Farmers want help showing their farms to the public and policy makers. They believe we all need to do a better job telling what’s happening on their farms through authentic relationships. The Agency will embark on getting more people, including lawmakers and regulators, to see their businesses this summer and fall.
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May 17, 2019 | Montpelier, VT - Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets (VAAFM), Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the US Commercial Service are participating in the National Restaurant Association Show on Saturday, May 18th to Tuesday, May 21nd in Chicago, Illinois. Along with state officials, seven Vermont craft food and beverage businesses will be participating various activities associated with the trade show:
(Washington, D.C., May 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market. Last week, on the margins of the G-20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in Niigata, Japan, Secretary Perdue met with Japanese government officials and affirmed the importance of science-based trade rules. The new terms, which take effect immediately, allow U.S. products from all cattle, regardless of age, to enter Japan for the first time since 2003.
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