Market Facilitation Program Launched

USDA VT State Executive Director Wendy Wilton to Host Four Informational Sessions to Answer Questions

Are you a farmer or rancher whose commodities have been directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers. The sign-up period for MFP runs through January 15, 2019. Visit for Information and instructions Eligible producers should apply after harvest is
complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported.                

Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV) Forest Policy Task Force, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Annual Year-End Meeting

Thursday, December 13th
The Steakhouse Restaurant  Berlin Registration 8:30 am
Meeting 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$35 (members) $45 (non-members)
Cost includes:
   lunch, morning, and afternoon      refreshments, a conference            room, and materials
If you wish to attend:
Contact William Sayer, Ed   Larson, or Bill Driscoll and you will receive a  registration  form.     
    Mail the form to:
    Ed Larson
    Vermont SFI c/o AIV
    PO Box 630                                         Montpelier, Vt. 05601

We will meet with leaders in the VT Agency of Natural Resources, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the Silvio Conte Refuge to discuss the full spectrum of state and federal policies affecting those who earn their living by growing, managing, harvesting, transporting, or manufacturing forest, wood, and paper products, including wood energy used to produce heat or electricity.  Working forests and farms, and the people who work them, are the foundation of Vermont’s rural economy, character, and culture.  Working lands also produce a wide range of environmental benefits  ….. including habitat for certain species of birds and other wildlife, renewable energy, and the best and most efficient known process for absorbing carbon dioxide, and for producing materials that store or replace carbon. 

Vermont to Reimburse Dairy Farmers for Milk Margin Protection Premium

November 5, 2018 / Montpelier , VT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce reimbursement payments will be sent this week to Vermont Dairy Farmers under the milk Margin Protection Program (MPP).  Governor Scott, the Legislature and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets secured funding in the fiscal year 2019 State budget to help dairy farmers pay premiums related to the MPP.  These critical payments come during a difficult time for Vermont’s dairy farmers. The state appropriation totals $450,000. Payments made to farmers will vary but will not exceed $833 toward their premium expense. According to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), 568 dairy farms enrolled as of June 22. Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets Anson Tebbetts said, “We hope these checks will help farmers at one of the most challenging times in the dairy industry. With the help of the legislature and Governor Scott we were able to help secure these important dollars to help Vermont’s farmers. We will continue to seek a long term pricing solution with our state and federal partners.”

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October 29th,  2018

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November 6th, 2018

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