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Vermont Farm Bureau - About VTFB
Vermont Farm Bureau - About VTFB
Vermont Farm Bureau - Membership
Vermont Farm Bureau - News and Publications
Vermont Farm Bureau - Issues
Vermont Farm Bureau - County Farm Bureaus
Vermont Farm Bureau - Programs
Vermont Farm Bureau - Contact Us


News and Interest


Vermont Raw Milk Guidelines Have been updated for 2015


Vermont Poultry Owners Urged to Establish Biosecurity Practices

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI or High Path AI) outbreak that is impacting multiple states country is not directly impacting Vermont at this time. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Encourages Vermont poultry owners to establish biosecurity practices on their properties that will lessen the likelihood of the introduction and spread of the disease in the state. Please review the fact sheet to safeguard your farm.


Upcoming Events




Save the Date! November 5-7, 2015

Vermont Farm Bureau's 100th Birthday Party
Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting
"A Family Friendly event at Jay Peak Resort" In celebration of our Centennial status this is a three day celebration. Special room rates for attendees. Trade show and sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Vermont Farm Bureau Administrator Chris O'Keefe at or call 802-434-5646.


A block of rooms has been reserved at Jay Peak Resort for Farm Bureau members. Call toll free 1-800-451-4449 reference Vermont Farm Bureau Group code #376593. Rates start at $108.33 (includes tax and resort fee). Family suites are also available with and without admittance to the waterpark.


July 11, 2015 New England Young Farmer Summer Games - Northwinds Farm in North Stratford, NH
Get together with other young famers from across New England.
Put your skill to the test at the summer games Events include a relay race, a hay bale toss, obstacle course and other creative games using agricultural implements. This is a family friendly event with a bbq lunch. For more information contact New Hampshire
Farm Bureau Federation Coordinator, Leandra Pritchard at
603-224-1934 or


VT AgrAbility Field Day at the Kayhart Farm in Addison on July 30, 2015 9:30 - 3:30
The Vermont AgrAbility project helps Vermont farmers coping with physical and mental disabilities. This year they are having their annual field day at Kayhart farm in Addison. Come and interact with farmers that continue to farm despite their disabilities. Learn about the challenges they face and the new equipment available today. Lunch is provided for the first 150 people. The event happens rain or shine. Questions call Tom Younkman 888-2180


Farmers Wanted to Participate in Vermont Open Farm Week August 3-9, 2015
This is a great opportunity to spotlight your farm and products. As a participant You will be provided with resources about managing safety and liability, as well as what guests will expect when visiting. Whether you choose tours or other activities such as seed plantings, tastings, scavenger hunts, or on-farm dinners. Sign-ups end on July 1st


WANTED YOUNG FARMERS to participate and compete in the Discussion Meet at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting Centennial Celebration in November 2015



Vermont Farm Bureau helps to integrate Art and Education at Vermont Farms


This summer Vermont Farm Bureau is helping to sponsor two very different events the Farm to Ballet Project and Vermont Breakfast on the Farm. Both are featured stories in the spring issue of Vermont Fences.






Raymond, Sid, Linda and Howard Vander Wey at their dairy
Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh will host the first Vermont Breakfast on the Farm in August. Tickets go on sale in July.



June is National Dairy Month

 The Spring issue of Vermont Fences certainly celebrates our flagship agricultural industry. National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to "Dairy Month."



Chittenden County Farm Bureau helps produce another great Everything Equine
and Canine Show!

There was an impressive turnout and response to both the educational and the vendor portions of the 12th Annual Everything Equine and Canine event the weekend of April 25-26. According to Chittenden County president Betsy Greene, “The organizing committee worked very hard to provide opportunities to Vermonters
of all levels of interest and experience with both dogs and horses.”


2015 Chittenden County Horse Farm of Distinction Award Open to other Counties!

Chittenden County Accepting Applications for the 2015 Horse Farm of Distinction.






Under the Golden Dome
June 6, 2015 Update

“Under the Golden Dome”, is emailed weekly to subscribing
members to keep them apprised of legislative developments at
the Vermont Statehouse that affect agriculture. Legislative
priorities are set annually by the organization following the
elected delegate session determining policy in November.


For past issues click on the date: January 12, 2015, January 19, 2015, January 26, 2015, February 2, 2015, February 9, 2015, February 16, 2015, February 23, 2015, March 2, 2015, March 9, 2015  March 16, 2015, March 23, 2015 March 30, 2015, April 6, 2015, April 13, 2015, April 20, 2015, April 28, 2015, May 4, 2015

May 12, 2015, May 19, 2015 and May 26.



Member Benefits



NEW! Farm Bureau Discount RX Card
As a Farm Bureau® member, you and your family have access
to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. Save up to 75% at
more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies.
Create as
many cards as you need for yourself, your family and
your employees (full time, part time, seasonal). All members
are eligible to get pharmacy discounts through this program.
The program can be used to supplement most health
insurance plans including Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
and High Deductible Plans. It can also be used as a Medicare
Part D supplement by providing discounts on non-covered drugs.



Weekly Pricing for Suburban Propane Exclusively for Farm Bureau Members


June 23, 2015


Propane 1 - 999 gallons $2.082


Propane 1000 - 4,999 gallons $1.782


#2 Fuel Oil $2.469


Kerosene $2.919


On/Off Road Diesel $2.524





New Vermont Farm Bureau Online Buyers Guide

You are just a click away from finding all your farm and agricultural business needs. Check it out and let us know what you think.





Calendar of Fairs, Events and Meetings


June 12-14 – Vt-4H Horse clinic, Tunbridge

At the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

July 13-14 – Vt-4H Dairy Clinic, Tunbridge

At the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

July 16-19 – Connecticut Valley Fair, Bradford

Tractor pull, Oxen pull, Dairy Fitting & Showmanship, Midway rides and entertainment.

July 18 – Monument Farms 85th Anniversary Celebration, Weybridge Live music, antique tractor parade, free food and creemies, tours, etc... Call 802-545-2119 or email Jon Rooney

July 24-26 –  Lamoille County Field Days, Hyde Park

Lamoille County Farm Bureau building welcomes you to visit the Ice cream scoop shop, UVM Extension Farm Safety and Nationwide Insurance information.

July 30-Aug 2  –   Franklin County Field Days, Highgate

A true country fair, admission price includes all midway rides, exhibits, and entertainment.

August - Vermont Farm Bureau Picnic and Board Meeting

Date and time TBD. Check or call 802-434-5646.

August 1 – Farm to Ballet Project

at the Marble House Project, Dorset. Celebrating Vermont farmers performances throughout Vermont during August. For a schedule

August 4-8  – Addison County Fair & Field Days, New Haven

Vermont's largest agricultural fair. Children's barnyard, cattle judging, tractor pulls &more.

August 19-23  –  Orleans County Fair, Barton

Since 1867 locals and farmers have been celebrating this annual County Fair,

August 22  –  Vermont Breakfast on the Farm, Ferrisburgh

Neatocht Farm 9am-1pm. Free event! Tickets available in July. Call 802-828-2430 or visit

Aug. 20- 3  – Deerfield Valley Farmers' Day Fair, Wilmington

Education in agriculture, wholesome entertainment, exhibits of area residents, and more. Visit

August 26-30  – Caledonia County Fair, Lyndonville

Truck, Tractor, Oxen and Horse Pulls Horse, Poultry, Cattle, Sheep Shows, displays and more. Visit

August 28-30 – The Bondville Fair, Bondville

The oldest continuous fair inVermont. Visit

August 28-Sept 6  – The Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Jct

Agricultural exhibits, antique tractor pulls, live entertainment, ox and horse pulling, and more. Visit

September 17-20 – The Tunbridge World’s Fair, Tunbridge

Celebrating the tradition of Harness racing since Day 1 on the fairgrounds.  Visit

October 3-4 – Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, Tunbridge

Shepherd Workshops, Fleece show & sale, Fiber arts contests,
Cashmere goat exhibit & Show Visit



Celebrate Vermont Farm Bureau! We are turning
one hundred years old! 


In 2015 Vermont Farm Bureau will be 100 years old. We’re still going and growing strong as Vermont’s largest non-profit trade association of agricultural producers. Show your pride and support by displaying Vermont Farm Bureau’s Centennial prestige at your farm or business. Signs are four color, measure 12” wide x 18” high, and are made of .040 Aluminum. They are available for $15.00 a piece. Call our office at 802-434-5646 or email





Helpful Tools for Farmers .

New Farm Worker Notice Required by Law

In order to protect farmers and farm workers, farmers must provide written notice to their farm workers “in their native language”. 

New Housing as a Benefit Postings for Farm Workers and Farmer Employers in English and Spanish

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New Postings for Employee and Housing Termination in English and Spanish
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