Vermont Farm Bureau Remembers
Recently we lost three esteemed board members who dedicated years of service to Farm Bureau and Vermont agriculture. They are: Hazel Prindle, Leland Beebe and Hollis “Sonny” Edwards.
Long time Farm Bureau member (in both Chittenden and Lamoille County) and leader, Legislator and friend, Hazel Prindle died recently. Many of you remember Hazel from the Vermont Farm Bureau Annual Meetings, as our Farm Bureau Flag Bearer, from our trip to the AFBF Convention in Hawaii, from her military associations, and her service to the Vermont Legislature. Hazel served for many years on the Vermont Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and on the Lamoille and Chittenden County Farm Bureau Boards. Those of you wishing to remember Hazel may consider donations to: Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA), Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560; the Charlotte Congregational Church - Church Building Fund, PO Box 12, Charlotte, VT 05445; or the Lund Family Center, PO Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406-4009.
Vermont Farm Bureau's former Organization Director, Vice President and Past Bennington County Farm Bureau President, Leland Beebe died in December in Manchester Center, Vermont. Leland served a two year term in the Vermont Legislature, and after his retirement from Vermont Farm Bureau, he served as a Regional Fieldman for New York Farm Bureau. After being a NYFB Fieldman, he was Director of Governmental Affairs, and played an instrumental role in gaining the passage of New York’s extremely important Agricultural Districts Law. Leland was 93 years old. He served with Keith Wallace as his Vice President of Vermont Farm Bureau and as the first Organization Director of Vermont Farm Bureau. He was predeceased by his wife Pauline, and survived by his brother and sister in law, Harold and Jane Beebe of East Dorset. The family has suggested donations to: The Steeple Fund, First Congregational Church of East Dorset. The funeral was held on December 18th.
Hollis “Sonny” Edwards
2011 Keith Wallace Award winner and former President of Lamoille County Farm Bureau Hollis “Sonny” Edwards, died in January after a long illness. Sonny was the sixth generation of his family to own the Edwards Farm, the last working farm in South Cambridge. A member of Farm Bureau for more than 50 years, Sonny served as President, Vice President, Board Member, Membership Chair and Legislative Chair for his County Farm Bureau and as a Board member of the Vermont Farm Bureau. Known for his tenacious membership work for the organization, Sonny signed hundreds of folks up as members over the years. Sonny always had a story to tell, and his dry sense of humor was a joy to receive.
Fourth Graders of Burke Town School Interview Farmer Ryan Simpson of Sutton for a valuable lesson about Farming.
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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.). Although the students did not receive the award, they received a valuable lesson about farming. Thank you teacher Tracie Surridge for bringing Vermont Ag in the Classroom!
Special GM Offer Through April 1, 2014 Save $1500 Exclusively for Farm Bureau Members $1500 Off Regular Cab and Heavy duty (2500/3500 series) TrucksThrough 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.
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