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The chairman of Stonyfield Organic will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference, March 14 in Randolph Center

Gary Hirshberg will share his perspective on the history of organic dairy farming and current challenges and future opportunities for farmers at the annual conference that will take place at Vermont Technical College's Judd Hall. Hirshberg is the co-founder of Stonyfield Farm in

Londonderry, New Hampshire, the world's leading organic yogurt producer, and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World.The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration and exhibits open at 9 a.m. It is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension's Northwest Crops and Soils Program in collaboration with Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont's Organic Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program.

Registration is $25 and covers lunch and all conference materials. Registrations will be accepted until March 7 online
or by mail. Checks should be made payable to University of Vermont and mailed to UVM Extension, attn: Organic Dairy Conference, 278 South Main St., Ste. 2, St. Albans, VT 05478.
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USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Mitigation Payments


Washington, D.C., December 17, 2018 – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to receive Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for the second half of their 2018 production. “The President reaffirmed his support for American farmers and ranchers and made good on his promise, authorizing the second round of payments to be made in short order. While there have been positive movements on the trade front, American farmers are continuing to experience losses due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  This assistance will help with short-term cash flow issues as we move into the new year,” said Perdue.     

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Secretary Perdue Statement on the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

(February 13, 2019, Washington, D.C.) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report which was published today:“Last year, I presented the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Trump at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. The report showed how broadband e-connectivity is essential for achieving rural prosperity in the 21st Century, and it has guided work across the U.S. government this past year. The American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report reflects that work on behalf of taxpayers and displays the federal government’s commitment as a strong business partner to the private sector in deploying broadband infrastructure. The American Broadband Initiative also reaffirms this Administration’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers and improving the quality of life for those living in rural America.

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What Resources Do You Need to Adapt to Climate Changes? Share your thoughts in a new farmer research project

Researchers at the University of Vermont have begun a new grant focused on developing resources for Vermont beef/grazing producers and vegetable/berry producers to adapt to climate change.  The new USDA funded research project (working in both Vermont and Maine) aims to assist producers to adapt to climate change, and develop resources for climate adaptation in collaboration with farmers. 

The project is targeting small, medium and beginning farmers and ranchers specifically. The first step of this project is to interview farmers about their climate change perceptions and potential adaptation needs. How are you thinking about climate change on your farm?  What do you need to respond to climate change?  What resources are most useful for your potential challenges or opportunities from climate change?  

Researchers are looking for farmers in the beef/vegetable/berry industry to interview about climate change adaptation, including the types of challenges and benefits they have experienced, and especially the types of resources that would assist your farm.   

Farmers are currently being recruited for the winter of 2019 and researchers will travel to your farm or wherever it’s convenient.  Interviews are expected to last no more than one hour.  Farmers will be compensated $50 cash for their time. 

 Interviews will be audio-recorded for research purposes, but interviewees will remain anonymous. If you are interested in participating, please contact the director of the project, Meredith Niles, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont at 802-656-4337 or   

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