Motorists in the areas of Plainfield, Groton, Calais, Williamstown, Washington, and Barre may notice new flashing road signs reading “Don’t move ash firewood beyond this point.” The signs are part of an inter-agency partnership between the Agency of Transportation, the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation (VTFPR) and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) to slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which has been detected in the vicinity. Signs are located on state highways and are visible to motorists leaving the EAB-infested areas
A new research study at the University of Vermont seeks farmers for two opportunities to understand farmer perspectives about government regulations on their farms. The project is funded by the James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research at the University of Vermont. The project will also interview state-level policymakers.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets began accepting applications for Producer Association Grants Thursday, May 3 at 9:00 AM on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible applicants.Eligible applicants are Vermont-based nonprofit producer association groups that represent and promote Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, and fiber products. For the purposes of this grant, producer association group is an organization founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding Vermont farmers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received just over 4,600 completed questionnaires from Vermont farmers. NASS is encouraging U.S. producers who have not returned their completed Census questionnaires to do so as soon as possible to avoid phone and in-person follow-up.