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American Farm Bureau Celebrates 100 years
“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
Cabot Cheese has generously donated cheese for the AFBF 100 year celebration to take place in Washington, D.C. later this month.
Cabot Cheese Celebrates 100 years
Early in the 20th century the cost of farming was low. Most farmers produced far more milk than they could market.
In 1919 Cabot, VT, farmers joined forces to turn their excess milk into butter and market it throughout New England. Ninety-four farmers all jumped on board—at the cost of $5 per cow, plus a cord of wood to fuel the boiler. The intrepid 94 purchased the village creamery (built in 1893) and began producing butter under the Rosedale brand name.
Over the next 20 years, as the nation's population flocked to urban areas, Cabot's farmer-owners thrived by shipping their milk and butter south. While the national economy shifted away from agriculture, the Vermont economy was still largely based on dairy farming. In 1930, Vermont cows outnumbered Vermont people 421,000 to 359,000. It was at this time that the company hired its first cheese maker
and cheddar cheese entered the product line.
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Op-Ed By Secretary Anson Tebbetts
Giving Thanks For Vermont Farmers, Friends and Food
It is the season of giving thanks. The autumn harvest is complete, and we thank farmers, particularly our Vermont farmers, for providing us with food. Thanksgiving is special time for family and friends to reconnect, pause and enjoy a few hours together over a meal - a meal, thanks to a farmer.
Many of you will enjoy a fresh Vermont turkey that was raised by neighbors, perhaps filled with local bread or stuffing mix. Maybe you like to change it up around the dinner table, serving pork, chicken, lamb or beef. Vermont is blessed to have so many choices thanks to our farmers.
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!”
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.
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.
USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Dairy Margin Coverage Program
Enrollment Ends Dec. 13, 2019
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VAAFM Farmer's Market Pricing
Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces FY19 Ski Vermont Grantee Donation
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AAFM Slaughter Diagram
New England Dairy Promotion Board News
Activist Video Update
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:
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
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Jenny Karl, CEO
New England Dairy Promotion Board
Working Lands Enterprise Board names FY19 grantees, over $800,000 awarded
Shelburne Farms Experiments with "Biochar" to Clean Water and Revitalize Soil
Vermont syrup producers churned out 2.1 million gallons this year
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