Market Facilitation Program Launched

USDA VT State Executive Director Wendy Wilton to Host Four Informational Sessions to Answer Questions

Are you a farmer or rancher whose commodities have been directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers.  

 The sign-up period for MFP runs through January 15, 2019. Visit www.farmers.gov/mfp
for Information and instructions

Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported.

Have more questions about the program? USDA VT State Executive Director Wendy Wilton and Julie Jacques, Program Specialist will host four Informational Sessions for Producers on the MFP. During these calls the USDA FSA staff will provide an overview of the program, how the price support is calculated, what a producer will need to enroll and answer any questions from producers about the program or the Vermont FSA. Call in number is
1-888-844-9904 access code: 7460967

           Tuesday, October 2 at 1 pm

            Monday, October 15 at 11 am

            Thursday, October 25 at 11 am

            Wednesday, October 7 at 1 pm

 The Vermont FSA State Office is located at 356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 104 in Colchester. Contact them at (802)658-2803. Visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Vermont/index for addresses of the nine county offices.  



Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference November 2 - 3, 2018 

Awards, Ag Advocacy Workshop, Candidate Discussion and more...

Highlights of the meeting are an Ag Advocacy workshop on “How You Can Advocate for Agriculture” led by Jordan Craig, Director of Grassroots Program Development for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Craig and Vermont Farm Bureau Legislative Director Jackie Folsom will lead a discussion on how to be an advocate for agriculture. Craig advises that one of the most effective ways to advocate is to share your personal story with legislators about what’s happening on the farm and in your field. Visit American Farm Bureau's Advocacy page at https://www.fb.org/advocacy/. Vermont Farm Bureau's number one goal is to increase Farm Bureau's effectiveness and visibility at the state level and be the unifying force for all farmers.

Following the workshop, there will be an opportunity to talk with candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Governor Phil Scott, Democratic candidate for Governor Christine Hallquist, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman and Republican Lt. Governor candidate Donald Turner Jr. have accepted our invitation to attend. Other highlights of the meeting are an awards luncheon for top-performing Nationwide agents and the presentation of the prestigious Wallace Award and President's Award following the annual banquet. On Saturday Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets Anson Tebbetts has been invited to speak.

Delegate Packages and Individual Meal Rates Available:
Packages will be available for both days, Friday only, Saturday only, and just the banquet (Friday night). The delegate package for both days will be $145.00 and we hope you take advantage of the low rate.

Hotel Rooms will be available on Friday night for $112.00 plus tax. You must book directly through Trader Duke's. Call 1-833-598-6491 and reference Vermont Farm Bureau or visit the Vermont Farm Bureau link.  This rate is available until October 11, 2018. Trader Duke's Hotel is located at 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont.

Contact info:
To attend or for more information contact Jackie Folsom at 802-426-3579 or email crkdbrks@aol.com or Joe Tisbert at 802-644-6598 or joseph.tisbert@gmail.com.



Nominate the Best in Agriculture! October 1 Deadline

Members To Be Recognized at Vermont Farm Bureau's 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference November 2-3, 2018

Every year members are recognized for their exemplary service to agriculture at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference.  This year's meeting is November 2 -3 at Trader Duke's Hotel in Burlington.

Agriculture plays a critical role in Vermont's economy, and it's important to publicly recognize the individuals and families that produce, educate, and contribute to our beautiful state. Categories are:

Vermont Century Farm:  Century Award application

This award is given to recognize farmers who have maintained the home farm in the same family for 100 years or more.

Since 1953, the Vermont State Grange and the Vermont Farm Bureau have jointly sponsored the Vermont Century Farms Program. in doing so, the two organizations have continued a project begun in 1951 under the leadership of Dr. Arthur Wallace Peach, who was the director of the Vermont Historical Society.

The Cornwall Award: Cornwall Award Application

The Cornwall Award honors the best overall County Farm Bureau program in Vermont.  it is named in memory of Vermont Farm Bureau’s 1st president, Ellsworth B. Cornwall. It is in his honor, and in the tradition of leadership excellence that the truly dedicated and successful County Farm Bureaus, with their leaders and members, are proudly recognized.

Farm Woman of the Year Award:  Farm Woman of the Year Application

Selection of the winning farm woman is based on efforts in both the chosen occupation and leadership achievement.

Young Farmer Achievement Award:  Young Farmer Achievement Award Application

Vermont Farm Bureau  annually conducts a young farmer achievement award program. County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to promote this activity in their own county. Selection of the winning young farmer individual or family is based on their efforts in both their chosen occupation and leadership achievement.  Participation in this program with individual recognition and the resulting publicity will help build the organization.

Farm Family of the Year Award: Farm Family of Year Application 

Vermont Farm Bureau annually conducts an outstanding farmer award program. Selection of the winning farmer (farm family) is based on efforts in both the chosen occupation and leadership achievement

The Wallace award: The Wallace Award Application 

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. first presented in 1975, this highest award given by vVermont Farm Bureau honors individuals or couples for their distinguished lifetime service to agriculture.

Applications are due at the Farm Bureau office by October 1, 2018.

Mail to:

Vermont Farm Bureau Awards Committee
Vermont Farm Bureau
117 West Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477



2019 Current Use Annual Certification for Ag Land & Farm Buildings Due Nov. 1st

Owners of enrolled agricultural land and/or farm buildings must certify that their agricultural land and farm buildings continue to meet the requirements for Current Use Program enrollment by November 1, 2018. The VT Department of Taxes has mailed Form CU-313, Use Value Appraisal Program Agricultural Land Buildings Certification,
to each landowner at the address it has on file.

If you have not received a copy of CU-313 and are listed on the Department’s website as requiring annual certification, please email the Current Use Program at tax.currentuse@vermont.gov and provide the following info:

1. Names of all the landowners with primary landowner contact noted

2. Mailing address of primary landowner contact

3. Town(s) where the land is located

4. SPAN (found on your property tax bill)

Mail completed forms to:
VT Department of Taxes, Current Use Program,
PO Box 1499, Montpelier, VT 05601-1499

or hand deliver to:
VT Department of Taxes, Customer Service window,
133 State Street, 1st Floor, Montpelier, VT




Required Agricultural Practices pass in Montpelier

On Thursday November 17, 2016 the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, “LCAR”, met for the third time to discuss the Required Agricultural Practices Rules (“RAPs”) submitted by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  LCAR had also previously discussed and taken testimony on the proposed rules on October 20th, and November 3rd .  On this final day of discussion they also agreed unanimously to send a letter with attachments to the committees of jurisdiction outlining residual concerns they have about enforcement, funding and definitions.

Vermont Farm Bureau President, Joseph Tisbert, was present at all three meetings and testified on behalf of Vermont Farm Bureau members.  He testified that a state funding mechanism should be in place before the rules were finalized, because compliance may cause economic hardship for some farmers.     

Members of LCAR spoke highly of Vermont farmers willingness to improve the water quality of Lake Champlain.  Everyone was thanked for their hard work in getting the rules done as it has been an ongoing process over the last several years. Participants were also thanked for their testimony to ensure that the rules were fair to all and comprehensible. 

After the rules being finalized, Tisbert said "It is now time for farmers to work together toward understanding the rules fully and learning how to apply them to their farming practices. Vermont Farm Bureau will work hard to ensure its members apply for and obtain funding. We intend to work with the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets,  Phil Scott and the legislature, to ensure that the rules are clear, and easy to follow.  Farmers should bring any implementation issues of the RAP's to the Vermont Farm Bureau Office, so our Lobbyist, Jackie Folsom, and I can bring them immediately to our legislatures attention." Final copy of the RAP's 


Help American Farm Bureau Shape the 2018 Farm Bill 

Fill out their survey. Leadership on both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have indicated that they plan to begin working on the 2018 Farm Bill early next year.  Farm Bureau members need to be ready to answer a few very basic questions if we are going to continue to try and shape farm policy to meet our risk management needs for the future. To fill out the survey at http://www.fb.org/farmbillworkinggroup/docs/

American Farm Bureau has posted an 8 minute video detailing budget issues for the upcoming  Farm Bill Debate by Mary Kay Thatcher -