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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

 

 



VTFB Buyers Guide


 

News and Interest

 

 

CURRENT USE INFORMATIONAL SESSION
with the Vermont Department of Taxes
Sept. 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm Valley Dream Farm,
5901 Pleasant Vally Rd Cambridge, VT


Vermont Farm Bureau has invited Elizabeth L. Hunt, Current Use Program Chief of the Vermont Department of Taxes and Douglas Farnham of the Agency of Natural Resources to conduct a question and answer session about the changes to the current use program and what the changes in the law mean to you.

As a reminder you have until October 1, 2015 to withdraw land using the "easy out" option. The state has created a Check list that outlines some of the commonly missed items needed to submit with your application (CU-312).

To help guide you we have created a sample VTFB current use worksheet using a 100 acre parcel as an example. The Vermont Department of Taxes has also created a worksheet. Bring your property tax information, paperwork, and your questions.

Please RSVP by September 11, 2015  to Chris O'Keefe at okeefe@gmavt.net or call 802-434-5646

 

Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels Course

at the University of Vermont

September 18th, 2015 to  December 9th, 2015

 

This course is designed to provide experience in all possible
Bio-RenewableEnergy areas to prepare the participants of diverse backgrounds for jobs in BioEnergy/Biofuels industry, or higher education in the field, or related entrepreneurial endeavors in bioenergy/biofuels areas.

 

Visit: : http://go.uvm.edu/7y1rr

Register online or contact Registrar office: https://www.uvm.edu/~rgweb/?Page=directory/contactus.html 

Questions?  Contact at adahiya@uvm.edu

 

 

 

Are you enrolled in Current Use? Here's
what the new tax changes mean to you

 

1. Prior to Sept.1 each year, each landowner must certify in writing, under oath to the VT. Tax dept. that their land & buildings meet the requirements to be enrolled. Certification CU-313 is due to the Vermont Department of taxes by Sept. 1, 2015. Here is a sample form you should have received from the state.

 

2.  You can be removed from the program If  the Agency of Agriculture determines you are in violation of water quality  requirements established by law, administrative rule or any permit or certification.

 

3. The removed land will be valued at a free standing parcel. This use will result in a significantly higher penalty.

 

4.  Removed land will not be eligible for reenrollment for 5 years.

 

5. You have until October 1, 2015 to withdraw land using the “easy out” option. To help make the application process easier,the Department of Taxes created a checklist. This checklist outlines some of the commonly missed items needed to submit with your application (CU-312).  

http://www.state.vt.us/tax/pdf.word.excel/factsheets/CUProgram2015

Changes_June2015.pdf

 

6. To help guide you Vermont Farm Bureau has created a sample worksheet using a 100 acre parcel as an example.

 

If you have questions about the process, please contact the Current Use Division at 802-828-5860.

 

 

It’s time to Nominate the Best in Agriculture

Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on November 6, 2015 Applications due October 1, 2015. Mail to Vermont Farm Bureau,  117 West Main Street Richmond, VT  05477 or email Ginny Wheeler, gwheelervfb@gmavt.com.

 

VERMONT CENTURY FARMS

The intent of the program has been to give recognition to farm people of this state who have maintained the home farm in the same family for 100 years or more.

THE CORNWALL AWARD

The Cornwall Award honors the best overall County Farm Bureau program in Vermont.

FARM WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Selection of the winning farm woman is based on efforts in both the chosen occupation and leadership achievement.

YOUNG FARMER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Selection of the winning Young Farmer individual or family is based on their efforts in both their chosen occupation and leadership achievement.

FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR AWARD RULES

Selection of the winning farmer (farm family) is based on efforts in both the chosen occupation and leadership achievement.

WALLACE AWARD

The Wallace Award is named for past Vermont Farm Bureau President, Keith Wallace and is presented annually in the spirit of recognizing Vermont’s finest agriculturists.

 

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 okeefe@gmavt.net 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.

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 
 

 

 

Weekly Pricing for Suburban Propane Exclusively for Farm Bureau Members

 

Sept. 1, 2015

 

Propane 1 - 999 gallons $1.999

 

Propane 1000 - 4,999 gallons $1.699

 

#2 Fuel Oil $2.303

 

Kerosene $2.762

 

On/Off Road Diesel $2.363

 

Calendar of Fairs, Events and Meetings

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Shepherd Workshops, Fleece show & sale, Fiber arts contests,
Cashmere goat exhibit & Show Visit www.vtsheepandwoolfest.org.


 

 

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 okeefe@gmavt.net

 

 

 

 

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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Notice of term - spanish

 
 


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