VTFB News

 

USDA Continues Conservation Planning and Programs for America’s Farmers and Ranchers NRCS Services Available by Phone Appointment Only

 

National Ag Day Message from Secretary Perdue

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Visit www.vhcb.org/WQG to apply

 

 

 

Now accepting applications for the Local Food Market Development grant program.

The goal of the grant program is to increase the amount of Vermont food products sold to local institutions and wholesale markets by addressing supply chain barriers. Farmers, producers, food businesses and value-chain facilitators are all eligible to apply.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to applicants whose proposals show real potential to improve access for Vermont producers to local institutional and wholesale markets.

DEADLINE March 29th

 Learn more and apply here.

Questions about the program can be directed to Trevor Lowell, trevor.lowell@vermont.gov

 

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2020 Farm to School Awareness Day Grantee Awards Ceremony

Seven Vermont Schools and Two Early Childhood Organizations Receive Grants

 

February 12, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) hosted a celebration of the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program at the Vermont State House this afternoon, recognizing 7 Vermont school communities and 2 early childcare organizations with important grants to support their local food programming.

 

The Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program strives to improve the education and health of Vermont’s students, and positively impact the local economy, by providing Vermont schools and childcare programs with technical and financial assistance to develop and execute farm to school and farm to childcare programs. These programs integrate fresh, healthy, locally grown foods and nutrition education into Vermont’s cafeterias, classrooms and communities.

 

Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts, Health Commissioner Mark Levine and Education Secretary Daniel French helped present the recipients with their grants today. 

 

 

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FARM BUREAU ESTABLISHES 2020 POLICIES

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Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020 on key topics ranging from dairy to labor and climate change to conservation compliance.

“Delegates from across the nation came together today to look ahead at issues and opportunities facing farms, ranches and rural communities,” said American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal. “The 2020 policies ensure we are able to continue producing safe and healthy food, fiber and renewable fuel for our nation and the world.”

 

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On behalf of Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), I’m excited to announce the launch of the new Vermont Legal Food HubBased at CAFS in South Royalton, Vermont, the Hub will match income-eligible farms, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations with skilled attorneys willing to provide free legal services.

 

Find answers to your questions regarding farmworker wage, hour and housing:

 

Click HERE

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Planning Projects on Your Farm This Winter?

Thinking about investing in new infrastructure or equipment to grow your business in 2020? The Vermont Farm Fund can help with no-hassle, low-interest loans to Vermont farmers and value-added food producers.

We offer Business Builder loans from $5,000-30,000 at 3% interest.

The VFF is a nonprofit true revolving loan fund: as the community of recipients pays back their loans, funds are replenished for the next cycle of borrowers.

Since 2011 we've made nearly 100 loans, for projects ranging from a cider processing building, egg washing equipment, a new sugarhouse, herb processing equipment, a goat barn, walk-in coolers, and a cheese vat.

If you have an idea for a project that helps to grow your food and farm-based business, but need to finance your project, call Kate at 802-560-3099 or visit www.vermontfarmfund.org.

 

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Working Organic Dairy Farm for sale

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Are you looking for help on your farm? CLICK HERE to post a job or find workers.

 

VAAFM Farmer's Market Pricing

 

Week Ending 7/5 Report

 

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Agricultural Funding Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture says female farmers on the rise

CLICK HERE to read the article

 

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces FY19 Ski Vermont Grantee Donation

For Details, CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE for USDA Farm Loan Programs

 

CLICK HERE for National Associations & Groups

 

 AAFM Slaughter Diagram

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 New England Dairy Promotion Board News

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VAAFM License & Registration Forms:

https://agriculture.vermont.gov/licensing-registration-library

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Activist Video Update 

In the past several months there have been undercover videos reported on dairy farms in Pennsylvania and Indiana

These incidents serve as a good time to remind all farmers of the need to thoroughly vet employees, both during the hiring process and through probationary period on the farm.  

Below are some tips from the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Your co-op or milk handler and/or state Farm Bureau office may also have other resources. 

Often, activist organizations try to get hired on farms to record misleading video that could damage the reputation of our industry. To avoid having this happen on your farm, the Animal Agriculture Alliance shares these tips:  

Hiring Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee Warning Signs

In most cases, employers realized - after the fact - who the former undercover employee had been. They also recognized - after the fact - many behaviors or actions demonstrated by the undercover employee that allowed them to have access to the animals and to produce videos - whether of real or staged animal mistreatment. Some of the behaviors included:  

 

                      If you have questions, please reach out to our staff members below.                                                                

                                                                       

Michael DeAngelis, MS, MPH, RD                                  Laura Hardie

VP Integrated Communications                                     Farmer Relations Manager

617-734-6750 x13                                                         802-863-5416 ext. 100

978-335-4643 (cell)                                                       802-238-0833 (cell)

MDeAngelis@NewEnglandDairy.com                       LHardie@NewEnglandDairy.com

 

Thank you,  

 

Jenny Karl, CEO

New England Dairy Promotion Board 

 

 

 

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