WANTED YOUNG FARMERS to participate and compete in the Discussion Meet at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting Centennial Celebration in November 2015
In the Spring issue of Vermont Fences young farmer Jon Franklin, Windham County Vice President and 2015 VFB YF&R Committee Chair encourages young farmers to get involved and be an advocate for agriculture. He’s working diligently to bring back the Young Farmers discussion meet at Vermont Farm Bureau’s annual meeting this November at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont. A competitor will receive assistance to attend and compete at American Farm Bureau’s Annual meeting this January in Orlando, Florida.
Winners are nationally recognized and prizes such as trucks, tractors, chainsaws are awarded. Are you up for the challenge? Review the 2016 discussion meet questions and check out the YF&R page on the AFBF website http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=programs.yfr.home to see what the YF&R program entails and for details on the YF&R competitions. If you would like to participate in the 2015 VFB Discussion Meet, email Jon at email@example.com.
Vermont Farm Bureau helps to integrate Art and Education at Vermont Farms
This summer Vermont Farm Bureau is helping to sponsor two very different events the Farm to Ballet Project and Vermont Breakfast on the Farm. Both are featured stories in the spring issue of Vermont Fences.
We’re lending our support to the Farm to Ballet Project, a performance that’s a reinterpretation of classical ballet choreographed to tell the story of a Vermont farm from spring to fall. Charles “Chatch” Pregger is the imagination behind the project. As a dance instructor he wanted to show how ballet is accessible to everyone and to benefit agricultural producers at the same time. This is a new and innovative celebration of Vermont Farmers. Six performances are scheduled throughout the state starting in August. Visit www.farmtoballet.org for details. Read the full story in the spring issue of Vermont Fences.
Another August event not to be missed is Vermont Breakfast on the Farm on August 22 at NeaTocht Farm in Ferrisburgh, VT. It’s sponsored and coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Chittenden County Farm Bureau Secretary Louise Waterman is the driving force behind the event. The Vander Wey family has opened up their robotic dairy farm to the public. Attendees can tour the facilities, visit educational stations, and enjoy a sausage and pancake breakfast. This is a free fun filled event. To attend you must have a ticket. Distribution starts in July call (802)828-2430 of visit http://vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com. To learn more about the Vander Wey family check out the spring issue of Vermont Fences.
Chittenden County Farm Bureau helps produce another great Everything Equine and Canine Event!
There was an impressive turnout and response to both the educational and the vendor portions of the 12th Annual Everything Equine and Canine event the weekend of April 25-26. According to Chittenden County president Betsy Greene, “The organizing committee worked very hard to provide opportunities to Vermonters of all levels of interest and experience with both dogs and horses.”
Chittenden County Farm Bureau and UVM Equine Extension Program have produced this event with Champlain Valley Exposition for several years. With half of the net proceeds Chittenden County Farm Bureau helps fund programs/projects supporting the Vermont equine industry and Vermont agriculture. In 2014 their accomplishments include:
- Placing a second Learning Barn at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington and adding toy equipment such as tractor/mower and animal puppets to go with the books.
- Introducing H.202 – a bill proposing to include horse farms in the definition of farming for purposes of the Use Value Program, and testifying to both Ag Senate and House Committees.
- Addressing the high cost of workers’ compensation insurance for equine producers
- Purchasing two Roll Over Protection Systems (ROPS rebate program) for Vermont Farmers
- Producing an Equine Road Safety Public Service Announcement video with UVM Extension and The Vermont Horse Council called “Horse Safety Hits the Road” (This PSA has been distributed to at least seven states for airing on television stations) Video Location: http://youtu.be/WNii-UbA_Bg
- Awarding the 2014 Horse Farm Distinction to John and Alice Bourgoin’s Arbrook Farm in Ferrisburgh, VT
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.