Vermont Farm Bureau and the 14 County Farm Bureaus are actively working to place the following books into Elementary Schools throughout the State of Vermont: , "Sleep Tight Farm," by Eugenie Doyle (a VT Children's Author); "John Deere, That's Who," a story about a Rutland Native, John Deere; and "Right This Very Minute," a farm-to-plate story. All are beautifully illustrated and available for purchase via cash or check (made out to Vermont Foundation for Agriculture).
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Representatives from the different county bureaus are delivering and reading at least one of these books to a group of children at each area school.
The Vermont Foundation for Agriculture and Vermont Teddy Bear have teamed up to sell these two (2) adorable bears with custom made shirts celebrating the 100th year of AFBF. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of these bears goes toward placing these books into the schools.
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March 21, 2019 / Montpelier, VT - The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) and governing board (WLEB) were created by the legislature in 2012 to stimulate economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors. WLEI is a collaborative effort between the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. WLEB, which finalizes all funding decisions, achieves this goal by making investments across businesses and service providers in critical leverage points which will have the highest return on investment. This initiative supports Vermont entrepreneurs by providing financial assistance to help innovate and grow their business while also creating jobs, building infrastructure, and promoting growth in economies and communities of Vermont’s working landscape.
For 2019, the Working Lands Enterprise Board deployed $823,000 in grants and contracts, to (18) Agriculture and Forestry businesses and service providers around the State. Part of the strategic plan for this year was the creation of Industry Impact grants for projects ranging from $50,000-$150,000. These projects must impact the supply chain for low grade wood or dairy, two industries determined by the WLEB in need of larger investments to achieve viability.
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Milton, Vt. – The sweetest season is here. Vermont Governor Phil Scott and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue kicked off sugaring season in Vermont by tapping a maple tree in Milton. This annual tradition was hosted this year by Georgia Mountain Maples and the Harrison Family.
“Maple plays a critical role not just in Vermont’s economy, but in our culture and way of life,” said Governor Scott. “We are proud to lead the nation when it comes to making maple.”
Secretary Perdue traveled to Vermont to take part in this proud tradition. “Vermont maple syrup is a beautiful choice - great, sweet, and lovely. It’s a cultural experience and it was good to come and see the Vermont heritage at a modern plant here in Milton. I was happy to join Governor Scott today for this annual tradition during maple tapping season,” said Secretary Perdue.
“This industry is a vital element of our working landscape. Not only do businesses like Georgia Mountain Maples provide jobs to many Vermonters, they produce a high quality natural product,” Secretary Anson Tebbetts explained.
Vermont’s maple industry has led the nation in total syrup produced for decades, bringing more than $50 million dollars of revenue to the state in 2017 and 2018. The USDA census indicates that Vermont’s maple industry employs over 4,000 Vermonters and nearly half the maple produced in the U.S. comes from Vermont. In 2018, Vermont once again led the nation in making maple syrup, producing nearly two million gallons of the sweet product.
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"Stories of an Evolving Food System" is the theme for the 2019 15th Annual Grain Growers Conference. Steve Taylor is a farmer, newspaperman, and longtime public official from New Hampshire and will be our keynote speaker. Steve served 25 years as New Hampshire's commissioner of agriculture and he is a lifelong scholar of rural issues and culture, on which he writes and speaks frequently.At the conference, get to know what local opportunities are available for grain growers by meeting local buyers in the region. Presentations will include rice cultivation, round table buyers discussion. cover crops, growing spelt, rye variety testing results, pollinators, and much more including hands-on baking sessions! A detailed brochure will be posted soon.Conference registration is $75 per person and $50 per NGGA member. Please register by March 22, 2019.The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
70 Essex Way
Essex, Vermont 05452
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