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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 

12 Vermont Companies in Running for the 2020 Good Food Award

Award represents the best in delicious, sustainable fare 

Montpelier, VT | November 13, 2019 – The Good Food Foundation recently announced the 307 companies in the running for a 2020 Good Food Award, including 12 Vermont food companies. Celebrating its 10th year, the Good Food Foundation noted, “with a demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and growing their businesses in harmony with a better food system, these outstanding crafters represent the nation’s best in delicious, sustainable fare. “

The 12 Vermont businesses in the running for the 10th Good Food Award craft products in the categories of Cider, Confections, Elixirs, Grains, Pantry, Preserves, Snacks and Spirits.

 “This wide range of Vermont companies making high quality products brings Vermont’s great food to the world,” said Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts, who participated in the award process as a judge this year.  “These 12 companies represent our state’s wonderful food industry and working landscape, and we congratulate them and are cheering them on to the next level!”

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Dinner Preparations Start on Vermont’s Farms

Now is the time to plan your holiday dinner

 

November 4, 2019 | Montpelier VT - As the Thanksgiving holiday season approaches, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) and the Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) wish to remind those planning for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that Vermont’s local turkey farms are ready to help. The time to order your local bird is now! 

 

Vermont is home to more than a dozen turkey farms across the state, raising and producing local turkeys ready just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 16 pounds, meaning that approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2016.  In Vermont, nearly 48,000 turkeys and chickens were produced in 2016. 

 

 

Celebrate 100 Years of American Farm Bureau

 

 

“The Voice of Agriculture 1919 – 2019,” a special centennial documentary that delves into the history of the American Farm Bureau Federation, explores its impact as the leading national farm organization, and sets the stage for the next 100 years of The Voice of Agriculture. The documentary debuted at AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention in January. WATCH VIDEO

 

100 Year tour, an interactive timeline

 

 

 

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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USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for  Dairy Margin Coverage Program

 

Contact: FPAC.BC.Press@usda.gov

Enrollment Ends Dec. 13, 2019

 

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AgriView

 

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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

 

Moving Forward into Spring

While spring feels a little slow and chilly here in Vermont, things are getting green, growing, and moving ahead. In the spirit of spring renewal - we share our reflections on Salvation Farms accomplishments and the promise of an ever unfolding future.

We invite you to read our 2018 Annual Report!

Many incredible things happened last year at Salvation Farms and through our partnership based work. Here is just one stat to peak your interest...

As a result of their involvement, 60% of responding volunteers reported that they were introduced to new farms, and 70% said they have increased their purchasing from local farms.

 AAFM Slaughter Diagram

CLICK HERE for More Information

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 New England Dairy Promotion Board News

CLICK HERE to view the latest

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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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Working Lands Enterprise Board names FY19 grantees, over $800,000 awarded

CLICK HERE to read the full article

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Shelburne Farms Experiments with "Biochar" to Clean Water and Revitalize Soil 

CLICK HERE to read the full article

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Vermont syrup producers churned out 2.1 million gallons this year

CLICK HERE to read the full article

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