President of Vermont Farm Bureau Clark Hinsdale, III, Urges Farmers and non-farmers to help STOP the Assault on Vermont Agriculture
The 2015 Session opened with actions and proposals to help balance the state budget on the back of Vermont farmers. Actions and proposals include a suspension on enrollment in the Current Use Program, Tossing farmers out of Current Use for water quality violations, Raising the taxes on fertilizer, and large fines on machinery dealers and auctioneers for not collecting sales taxes on certain farm machinery. It’s critical that Vermont farmers speak up and contact their legislators before years of work for fair taxation unravel before us.
What can you do?
• Volunteer for your county Legislative Committee.
• Adopt a legislator and be their conduit for accurate and dependable information about agriculture and the impacts of various legislative proposals. Find your legislator at: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/all/2016
• Help with events that get farmers and their elected representatives together.
• Subscribe to and read our weekly legislative newsletter – Under the Golden Dome. http://www.vtfb.org/under-the-golden-dome.html
• Let us know your areas of agricultural expertise and let us get you in front of he appropriate legislative committee at the appropriate time.
• Attend a county sponsored Legislative Luncheon or Breakfast. Posted on our home page as events are scheduled. www.vtfb.org
• Contact our Legislative Director Bill Moore with questions or comments (802) 888-9390 or at email@example.com
• Make others aware of these issues with our Stop the Assault on Vermont Agriculture flyer.
Chittenden County Horse Farm of Distinction Award Open to Other Counties!
Since 2012 Chittenden County Farm Bureau has been running and promoting the Chittenden County Horse Farm of Distinction Program. It was established to recognize those Vermont farmers who set high standards and achieve a level of excellence in all aspects of equine activity. The award serves to enhance the positive image and visibility of the Vermont horse industry and bring recognition from the community and the state. Vermont farmers are evaluated and judged on a number of criteria including but not limited to pasture and farm management, veterinary care and handling, control of pests and vermin, curb appeal, and more.
The program has since opened up to allow equine operations in other counties the opportunity to apply for this prestigious award. Arbrook Farm of Ferrisburgh in Addison County received the 2014 award. Applications are available online, or pick one up at the Everything Equine event April 25 – 26 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vt.