Testify on agriculture's behalf. Your voice matters! JOIN us on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and February 22, 2017 for Coffee Talk in the State House Cafeteria. Meet for complimentary coffee, muffins and interact with legislators in the Vermont State House Cafeteria at 115 State Street in Montpelier, Vermont. Then from 9:30 - 12 pm Voice Your Issues
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont is encouraging producers to submit applications for financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). While EQIP is offered through a continuous signup, NRCS makes periodic funding selections. The last application cut-off date for farmstead practices to be funded in 2017 is February 17, 2017.
The Affordable Care Act has changed the math for farm families trying decide whether to buy health coverage. Financial help is now based on Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) with no asset test. Eligibility for state health programs used to consider property and other assets, so many farm families – even those with low cash flow – were excluded. The fact that eligibility now focuses solely on MAGI means that many more farm families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage.
On Monday, December 26 The Valley News ran a story on a young Windsor man who is in dire need of a kidney transplant. The story written by Valley News Staff Writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling details the trials of a young man growing up with Alport Syndrome, a genetic disease that affects one in 50,000 newborns. It’s a disease that can result in loss of hearing and eyesight at some point early in life complete failure of the kidneys.