VTFB's new Young Farmer Chair AnnaJo Smith is calling all young farmers to meet and explore what it takes to create and run a successful farm. On Friday, July 21 from 4:30 - 5:30p.m. tour Lester Farm & Market, in New Haven, VT. Sam and Maura Lester will answer questions about how they turned 28 acres into a thriving farm, growing a variety of produce. Then from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. enjoy pizza and beverages at Cheryl and Jerry Connor's Mountain View Inn in Bridport. RSVP by July 19 to AnnaJo Smith at 802-349-0284.
This is a new exemption created by Acts 75 and 77 of 2017 targeting the types of machinery and equipment specifically used in timber cutting, timber removal, and the processing of timber or other solid wood forest products intended to be sold at retail. Full list of exemptions at Vermont Department of Taxes. Click the photo below. As a Farm Bureau member you can save up to $2,500 on cat excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders and more. Have your vtfb number ready and fill out the certificate on Vermont Farm Bureaus benefits page. Click on more info. Click on image below to get more info from the Vermont Department of Taxes.
This past June Breakfast on the Farm kicked off at Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier. A record crowd of 1,200 turned out to learn about everything from cow comfort, to environmental stewardship on a self-guided tour. Fairmont Farm is owned and operated by the Hall, Purchase, and Ayer families The group milks 1,500 cows and care for over 3,600 acres of land. If you missed it, Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport is hosting another one on July 22. Vermont Farm Bureau helped to sponsor Breakfast on the Farm which was coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture with help from volunteers and local businesses.
Photo by Bob Eddy granted to Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Rutland County Farm Bureau will host this year’s summer picnic on Thursday, August 31 in Brandon. Traditionally, there is a board meeting where legislative priorities are discussed for the coming year followed by a picnic. We are excited and honored that Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), has accepted our invitation to attend.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall