Bruce Shields accepts the Wallace Award from Joe Tisbert at the 2016 Annual Meeting
Every year members are recognized for their exemplary service to agriculture at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference. This year's meeting is November 2 -3 at Trader Duke's Hotel in Burlington. Categories are Vermont Century Farm, the Cornwall Award, Farm Woman of the Year Award, Young Farmer Achievement Award Farm Family of the Year Award and the Wallace award. Click on More info for detailed descriptions and application forms. Applications are due at the Farm Bureau office by October 1, 2018.
Randy Dwyer, director of grassroots development at AFBF, explained in a recent Newsline that it’s important for farmers to talk with their legislators about the farm bill before it is reconsidered in the House on June 22.
“The farm bill is something that’s debated and passed once every five years,” Dwyer said. “It covers conservation, it covers crop insurance, it covers so many things important to farmers and ranchers across the country. This bill is essential for risk mitigation for farmers and ranchers, and it provides food, fuel and fiber security for America.”
“Agritourism revolves around people not being familiar with agriculture,” says Nationwide Insurance Agent Stuart Farnham of the Frazer Insurance Group. People don’t grow up on farms anymore, he points out. As such, they don’t see the farm the same way a farmer sees the farm. Click on more info to read Digging Deeper's exploration into Safety and Liability Issues on the farm.
A new research study at the University of Vermont seeks farmers for two opportunities to understand farmer perspectives about government regulations on their farms. The project is funded by the James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research at the University of Vermont. The project will also interview state-level policymakers.