Policy is adopted by Delegates elected at the County Farm Bureau Annual Meetings in the Fall each year. These delegates discuss and adopt policies surfaced at their County level and adopt them as amended at the Vermont Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on the first weekend in November.
LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES 2020
VTFB supports continuation of the VT State meat inspection program under the direction of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.
VTFB strongly supports the continued financial support for the 2+2/FARM program.
VTFB supports exempting agriculture from ACT 250 as being fundamentally in the public interest.
VTFB supports the expanded definition of lands used for food or crops to include farm roads, feed or manure stacking areas, cattle trails, water quality improvements and farm structures.
VTFB strongly supports the Vermont Use Value Appraisal system and encourages efforts to improve the integrity and public perceptions about this system of tax equity and opposes any substantial adjustments which would have a detrimental effect on participants in the program. We also strongly believe that Use Value Appraisal should be tax policy, not a program.
The Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program is a grant program that utilizes state funding to help Vermont farms implement soil-based agronomic practices. It helps to improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges.
The FAP grant program is a water quality initiative that provides farmers with financial assistance to implement conservation practices to reduce agricultural runoff.
Farmers depend on healthy soil and clean water more than any other Vermonter, and they are important stewards of the land.