September 17, 2020 / Montpelier VT - The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) is proud to announce the receipt of a $7 million grant award from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that will enable the Agency to launch a statewide Vermont Pay-for-Phosphorus (VPFP) Program to further expand and support agriculture’s role in delivering clean water results for Vermont.
The VPFP Program will use an innovative ‘pay-for-performance’ approach to compensate farmers for voluntary and verified phosphorus load reductions in agricultural crop fields that exceed phosphorus reductions set by state and federal standards on a farm-by-farm basis. This new and innovative program will build on the existing agricultural water quality clean-up framework and will accelerate the pace of implementation and clean water work occurring with farmers, partners, and the state.
August 30, 2020 | Montpelier, VT - Vermont specialty food producers continued their tradition of prize-winning creations this year, celebrating thirteen sofi™ Awards presented by the Specialty Food Association (SFA). Eight Vermont companies took home various awards that celebrate excellence in the specialty food industry across multiple food categories. Vermont businesses are graded against companies from across the nation annually and have accumulated an impressive number of awards over the years. The 2020 sofi™ Awards, which stand for “specialty outstanding food innovation”, were announced last week.
September 1, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – Time is running out to apply for two major agricultural granting programs related to Covid-19. The deadline to apply for millions of dollars is just one month away on October 1. “I strongly encourage all Vermont farmers, producers and working lands businesses to apply for these funds before they are no longer available on October 1,” said Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts.