The Vermont Dairy Industry Association awarded its prestigious John C. Finley Memorial Award to Joe Tisbert, President of Vermont Farm Bureau at their annual dairy banquet at the Vermont Farm Show on February 1, 2018. The John C. Finley award is bestowed annually to that person whose character, dedication to Vermont agriculture and education, and accomplishments most closely resemble those goals, ideals, and achievements that were so important to John Finley, former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. Finley’s daughter, Kate Finley Woodruff, presented the award to a very stunned Tisbert prefacing it with quotes from the popular American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer.” Joe Tisbert, President of Vermont Farm Bureau receives the John C. Finley Award from Kate Finley Woodruff at the Vermont Dairy Industry Association’s Annual Dairy Banquet at the Vermont Farm show on February 1, 2018.
Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops, honey, hops, maple syrup, nurserycrops, Christmas trees, and floriculture. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture,Food & Markets awards SCBGP grants through a competitive review process. Register for an information session webinar on February 2, 2018 http://bit.ly/scbgpwebinar18The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) is Wednesday, February 28 at 11:59 PM.
Vermont Farm Bureau President Joe Tisbert of Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge, Jacques Couture of Couture's Maple Shop and B & B in Westfield and Heidi Dolloff of Doloff acres in Springfield were appointed by U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to serve on the Vermont USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.
Wendy Wilton, the Vermont State Executive Director said, “The 2018 Vermont FSA state committee represents the diverse agricultural economy of our state. State Committee member Joe Tisbert is representative of the emerging horticultural producers as well as having ties to all producers through his Vermont Farm Bureau service. I look forward to working the FSA State Committee.” Congratulations to these appointees.
Photo of Jacques Couture in the winter 2007
Your Required Annual Agricultural Certification is due prior to March 1, 2018 or you will be Removed from the Program!
The Department of Taxes has identified over 1,000 parcels that have not submitted their required annual agricultural certification as required in statute (32 VSA §3755(f)). This certification form is required if you have agricultural land or buildings enrolled in the Current Use Program, also known as the Use Value Appraisal Program. The original forms with parcel-specific information were mailed in September 2017. A follow up mailing will be done in late February to those landowners who have still not submitted the form.