In late November the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announced the opening of the Request for Proposal (RFP) period for at least $1 million in grant funding associated with the Ag Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag-CWIP). This grant program is made possible and supported by the Clean Water Fund—a fund created by Act 64 of 2015, Vermont’s Clean Water Act. VAAFM’s Ag-CWIP will provide new opportunities for farmers and partner organizations to undertake projects that will achieve reductions in nutrient runoff from agricultural lands, with a focus on projects which reduce phosphorus losses in priority watersheds. A view of Lake Champlain and farm land from the top of Mt. Philo, Charlotte, Vermont.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets’ (VAAFM) newly effective Required Agricultural Practices Rule will continue a 20-year winter management requirement for all farms: between December 15 and April 1, no manure or other agricultural wastes (compost, spoiled feed, other wastes) may be spread on fields throughout Vermont. This annual ban is part of an overall strategy to protect our working landscape and natural resources, as outlined in Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs). The Agency works closely with farmers across the state to ensure the RAPs are understood and enforced. Manure spreading is a common practice in Vermont agriculture which enriches the soil for production and helps manage animal waste.
During the 2017 Legislative Session Vermont Farm Bureau hosted two Vermont Farm Bureau Days at the State House. Members attended a coffee hour, mingled with Legislators and had an opportunity to introduce
themselves to members of the Senate Agricultural Committee and the House
Committee of Agriculture and Forestry. Many voiced their concerns for the need to reduce farmers' costs: fees, taxes, and costly regulation. Time and further details to come. For more information contact Jackie Folsom, Vermont Farm Bureau's new Legislative Director at 802-426-3579.
Alice and Tuffy Doyle at Vermont Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in 2007.
86-year-old Alice Doyle died early Monday in a fire that destroyed her Corinth Road home. Alice served as Orange County Farm Bureau's Secretary for more than thirty years. Alice and her husband Tuffy were dairy farmers on 198 acres in Chelsea. For those that didn't know Alice she always had a smile and a love of fun. One year on St. Patty's Day during the Legislative session Alice wore a green wig to the state house in celebration. "Vermont Fences" featured Alice making her state renowned donuts in the Spring of 2016. Click on the more info button for a pdf of the story. Alice will be sorely missed.