Coronavirus (COVID-19) 2020

 

Apply for COVID-19 Relief Funds! 
Seriously. 

 

Applications close October 1 at 8 a.m.  Don't wait to apply!

 

So, your business or organization is involved in food, farming or forestry? Have your revenues been impacted by the global pandemic? Have you taken on additional expenses to meet market demand? We suspect the answer is yes. If so, you are likely eligible to receive direct payments through our Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance Program.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Worried that the application isn’t worth the effort? Not great with computers?

We hear your concerns and we want you to know we’re here to help. Check out these resources we’ve created or contact us directly. 

AGR.CovidResponse@vermont.gov

(802) 828-2430 select #9 

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UVM Virtual Field Days

 

Virtual Field Day Fridays - We just couldn’t go through July without a field day. We can’t host you at the farm, but we can visit virtually!

In lieu of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Annual Field Day, we will be holding several Virtual Field Day Fridays starting on July 24. The following dates and topics have been selected. You can tune in online to see pre-recorded, in-field presentations followed by a live question and answer session. Information on accessing the Virtual Field Day Fridays is below. Each session is Noon to 1:00pm Eastern Time.

July 24 - Small Grains; Integrated Pest Management 
August 7 - Interseeding Cover Crops; Solar Corridors; Forages
August 21 - Hops; Corn Silage Trials
September 4 - Dry Beans; Flint Corn; Behind the Scenes at the Grains Lab
September 18 - Hemp; Cover Crops

You can connect virtually using Zoom (see connection information below). Each session will be from Noon to 1:00pm Eastern Time. We will first have a welcome and then share the pre-recorded in-field presentation, which will be 30 to 40 minutes. We will then open it up for a Q&A session. You will use the same Zoom connection link or phone number to join each webinar. This information will remain posted on this web site for your access.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://uvmextension.zoom.us/j/95409326668

 

 

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES STRENGTHENED MASK REQUIREMENTS

 

Click to read: Addendum 2 to Amended & Restated Executive Order

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Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

 

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Agency of Agriculture Launches Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program

Dairy Assistance Application Now Open

 

July 17, 2020 | Montpelier, VT — On Tuesday this week, Governor Phil Scott and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Secretary Anson Tebbetts announced the opening of the first of three economic relief programs for the agriculture community under the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP). The application for the VCAAP Dairy Assistance Program is now open.  The Vermont State Legislature appropriated $25 million in State Coronavirus Relief Funds for the Dairy Assistance Application for eligible dairy producer and processor applicants who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Vermont’s dairy sector has been impacted by steep declines in milk prices coupled with increased operating costs and lost markets when restaurants, stores and institutions closed due to COVID-19. These grants will provide financial assistance to Vermont dairy farmers—including cow, goat, and sheep’s milk producers—as well as to processors who make cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and other valued-added dairy products. Applicants must demonstrate economic losses and costs incurred since March 1, 2020 that are related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

 

“Agriculture is critical to Vermont’s future,” said VAAFM Secretary Anson Tebbetts. “Helping our farmers and agricultural businesses survive is good for the state’s economy while providing consumers with access to fresh, healthy, local food options.“

 

Dairy producers and processors are encouraged to visit the VAAFM website to learn about eligibility, start an application, and access Dairy Assistance Application webinars on July 21, 22, and 23. The deadline to apply for a Dairy Assistance grant is October 1, 2020.

 

VAAFM will also provide State Coronavirus Relief Funding to other agricultural and working lands businesses, and to Vermont’s agricultural fairs, through the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program. These additional assistance programs for the agricultural community who have experienced economic losses and costs due to the COVID-19 public health emergency will be available soon. Details about the VCAAP Dairy Application and other assistance programs can be found on the VAAFM website at agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information/vermont-covid-19-agriculture-assistance-program

 

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Scott Waterman

Policy and Communications Director | VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

802-622-4662 | scott.waterman@vermont.gov

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VOSHA Return-to-Work Information available here

 

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We are one community. Together, we will get through this.

There is a lot of information (some true, some not) being distributed. We want to offer you what we feel to be the best resources of information available. We want to make sure you have the latest information: whether it's the latest government (Federal and/or State) directive, the latest available information on the virus itself, a link to your child's schools long-distance-learning information, your favorite restaurant delivering take-out or delivering, or resources to help you relax, educate, or take a moment away from all the disseminated information.  We are here for you. 

 

EFFECTIVE MARCH 25TH, 2020 AT 5 P.M.

NEW "STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

UPDATE: Extended until May 15th as of 11 a.m. on April 10th

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention                                                              

                                               

 

 

Agriculture and Food Businesses

 

AFBF has created a special site with information regarding the "Impact on Agriculture." Click on the image below to read more.

                                   

 

 

Survival Food List 

                                                                      

 

 

Education Resources

 

                                                           Agency of Education               Vermont.Gov/Learn

                                                                                        

                                               

        Resources for parents, students,  & staff

 

We've compiled a list of "Distance Learning" Resources. We have links for general subject matters,  home economics/health, art, indoor/outdoor activities, foreign languages, and many more. We hope you enjoy and find them to be a valuable resource. Click on "Distance Learning Resources" below.

    

 

Restaurants 

Sit-down restaurant service is currently unavailable. Is your favorite eatery providing take-out or delivery? Search for your favorite place HERE