May 28, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) filed its adopted Vermont Hemp Rules with the Vermont Secretary of State on May 6, 2020. The Vermont Hemp Rules became effective May 21, 15 days after filing the adopted rule. These rules come in advance of the 2020 planting season.
May 26, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Ski Areas Association (Ski Vermont) is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2020 Ski Vermont Grant, awarded annually through the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Fund, are Vine Ripe Greenhouse Construction in Roxbury and Walden Heights Nursery Orchard in Walden.The two grants, totaling just over $15,500, will help these two participants in Vermont’s “small farm revolution” improve their infrastructure and expand their capabilities with improved efficiency. To date, Ski Vermont has awarded nearly $51,500 in grants through the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Fund to a wide variety of in-state businesses. “The Working Lands Enterprise Board is grateful for the philanthropy extended to date from Ski Vermont’s support of Agriculture & Forestry based businesses around the State. Ski Vermont’s thoughtful selection ensures awareness of the critical positive impacts these funds provide’, said Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets Alyson Eastman.
May 18, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – As Vermont continues to adapt to the economic and public health challenges of COVID-19, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) plans to award a total of $180,000 in COVID-19 Response Business Development Grants within the sectors of agriculture and forestry. These funds are designed to complement business’s ability to maintain operations while increasing capacity to rebuild and/or recover during this unprecedented time of need.