Norah lake, Vermont Farmer & Farm Bureau Member, Congratulations!


                             See the full article in the December 2018 issue of Agriview!                                                      


                        Jim Jones, Vermont Dairy Farmer & Farm Bureau Member

                             is on the cover of the November Agriview.                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                           Congratulations Jim!                                                                                                                                                                            

By Nina Gage, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Jim Jones is a third-generation dairy farmer. He farms land from the headwaters of the Black River to the Wolcott town line. Along the way, you’ll find his sugar shack, and an awesome view of the river valley.

When Jim was a kid, he took turns with his brother Tony, milking the cows before the school bus came. Today, Jim manages almost 800 acres of land, mainly forestland and sugarbush, with hay and corn fields between. The Certified Small Farm Operation has a herd of about 160 cows, calves and heifers. “We’ve done a lot, there is more we can do,” explained Jim as we discussed conservation on his farm.    To read the full article, go to https://agriculture.vermont.gov/node/2064                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Market Facilitation Program Launched

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.  

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?

           For information and instructions, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp 

               USDA VT State Executive Director Wendy Wilton and Program Specialist Julie                                Jacques at the Vermont FSA Office below.

 The Vermont FSA State Office is located at:

                                                                       356 Mountain View Drive                                                                                                                                                    Suite 104                                                                                                                                                                                          Colchester, VT 05446.                                                                                                                                                           (802)658-2803

 Visit The Vermont FSA at:                                                                                                                                                                                                                https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Vermont/index

                                                             There you will find the contact information for 9 county offices.  


Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference November 1st & 2nd, 2019

                                               Stay Tuned for Further Details


Nominate the Best in Agriculture! October 1 Deadline

Members To Be Recognized at Vermont Farm Bureau's 104th Annual Meeting and Conference November 1st & 2nd, 2019

Every year members are recognized for their exemplary service to agriculture at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference.   

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 Vermont Farm Bureau honors individuals or couples for their distinguished lifetime service to agriculture.

Applications are due at the Farm Bureau office by October 1, 2019.

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

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




Help American Farm Bureau Shape the 2018 Farm Bill 

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