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 2021
The Vermont Farm Bureau continues to focus on its foundational priorities, including Current Use Property Taxation, Act 250, farmer sale tax exemptions
and the availability of labor.
Legislative priorities that will help keep grow Vermont agriculture,
family farms and forestry:
Access to reliable broadband.
Increasing local slaughter and meat processing capacity.
Climate change solutions, including sharing the positive contributions of agriculture and forestry in the sequestration of carbon and natural resource resiliency.
Influencing outcomes regarding Vermont’s recently released 10-year agriculture and food system strategic plan.
Animal husbandry and animal welfare issues
Enhancing the viability of Vermont state universities and colleges, particularly agricultural programs at the Vermont Technical College, the 2 + 2 program and campuses located in more rural areas of the state.
Limiting the liability of farmers engaged in agritourism.
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.