News and Interests
Vermont Farm Bureau Board of Directors will Meet on December 12
At the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. More details to come.
Nov. 20, 2013 Richmond, Vermont
Vermont Farm Bureau Names Christopher W. O'Keefe New Administrator
The Vermont Farm Bureau Executive Committee named Christopher W. O'Keefe to the position of Administrator beginning on January 1, 2014, following the retirement of 32 year Farm Bureau employee Tim Buskey. More...
Chittenden County Accepting Applications for the 2014 Horse Farm of Distinction
Nov. 1, 2013 Lake Morey, Vermont
Rupert Chamberlin Receives President's Award at the Vermont Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
President of Vermont Farm Bureau, Clark Hinesdale, III awarded Rupert Chamberlin the Prestigious President's Award for his years of service to Farm Bureau and Vermont agriculture. Rupert and his wife Muriel have been involved in farm Bureau for over fifty years. Rupert started his Farm Bureau career as Chair of the Young Farmers'
program in Vermont in 1960. He served as vice president and president of Vermont Farm Bureau, and is currently Second Vice President of Orleans County Farm Bureau.
Rupert and Muriel Chamberlin at the 2013 Annual Meeting
2014 Legislative Issues of Interest to Members
New GM OFFER Exclusively for Farm Bureau Members$1500 Off Regular Cab and Heavy duty (2500/3500 series) Trucks
Through April 1, 2014, Chevrolet and GMC are offering exclusively to Farm Bureau members in participating GM states, an additional $1,000 incentive on the acquisition of any new 2013 & 2014 REGULAR CAB, heavy duty (2500/3500 series) trucks. This is in addition to the standard $500 Farm Bureau incentive, so the total Farm Bureau incentive on these models is $1,500. Farm Bureau’s Private Offer is stackable with all retail promotions, such as Consumer Cash (for the current month, $2500 or $3500 on 2500 & 3500 trucks, depending on the specific model and method of acquisition; i.e., Consumer Cash is not available with certain lease offers - though your total Farm Bureau incentive is). Some restrictions apply.
Fourth Graders of Burke Town School Choose Farmer Ryan Simpson of Sutton for the "Dig Into Science" Competiition
Fourth grade students at Burke Town School created a video and entered the "Dig into Science" Competition sponsored by S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc. The competition was designed to help students learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.).
The rules for the competition were to create a video under 3 minutes, interviewing someone who works at a job that involves at least one of the S.T.E.M. areas and to ask at least 4 "thoughtful" questions. Creativity and content will also be judged. The winner gets a $1,000 for a science field trip. For more information on the contest visit www.swcole.com/news/post/it
Chuck Ross Named President of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Congratulations to Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Chuck Ross of Hinesburg, who has been named president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The leadership position puts Chuck in an important policy-making role with access to policy makers from across the country. “NASDA represents the voice of the states in agriculture. State agriculture agencies are on the front lines with farmers and ranchers, every day, working hand-in-hand to tackle the issues facing agriculture in the United States,” Ross said. “We have a very unique and important vantage point.”
Free Marketing Assistance to the Agriculture Community in Lamoille County from LEDC
The Lamoille Economic Development Commission is offering free marketing assistance to the agricultural community in Lamoille County. Local farms, value-added producers, and agri-tourism sites are encouraged to contact the LEDC for assistance in writing and market
planning, on-line help for advertising, graphic design recommendations, public relations help, and grant application assistance. Contact Elisa Clancy for this free assistance at
Keep Up with National Events with AFBF e-newsletter
Interested in national events? Members can now sign up for the bimonthly FBNews e-newsletter, the official publication of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Each issue provides in-depth coverage of agriculture-related legislative and regulatory activity via the e-newsletter and website. The digital version includes a full range of issues and topics, including innovative state Farm Bureau efforts, profiles of all types of growers, and opinion pieces. The e-newsletter includes three to five executive summaries of the top news stories, as well as each and every headline from the bimonthly issue. All are linked to full articles on the website. To sign up for the free FBNews e-newsletter, please go to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s website, www.fb.org, and put your e-mail address in the box provided under “Subscribe to FBNews, our official e-newsletter” in the right-hand column. http://fbnews.fb.org