Vermont Cheeses Set RecordGreen Mountain State cheesemakers bring home 44 ribbons in national competition 

August 5, 2019 | Montpelier, VT - A new record was set for Vermont cheeses at the prestigious American Cheese Society’s 36th Annual Awards competition (ACS) in Richmond, Virginia. Vermont producers, big and small, collectively took home 44 ribbons, marking Vermont’s best showing to date. Additionally, five Vermont cheeses were finalists for the Best of Show.

“Congratulations to Vermont Vermont’s cheesemakers for this impressive achievement,” said Governor Phil Scott of Vermont. “Cheesemakers’ commitment to excellence is helping Vermont grow its economy by creating jobs and further strengthening our great Vermont brand. We appreciate your work every day and now the national stage has experienced it too. Well done.”

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Governor Scott’s Forest Economy Task Force recently launched the Vermont Logger Safety and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program

Vermont’s workers’ compensation insurance system now recognizes logging contractors that are “safety certified,” with discounted insurance premiums, when they and their employees have received approved safety training and are verified to have reduced the risk of injury at their jobsites. For some loggers, this culture is already built into their operation and they can attain “safety certified” status in some simple steps. For others, there are several training opportunities for you and your employees to get involved in and participate in the program. All loggers can take this survey to learn more about how to become safety certified.

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Governor Phil Scott Joins Farmers Celebrating 5 Years of Vermont Open Farm Week

Farms welcome the public to dig into Vermont’s agricultural economy August 9th-15th

August 9, 2019 – Montpelier, VT – For the fifth consecutive year, farmers across Vermont are once again opening their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Vermont Open Farm Week 2019 will run from Friday, Aug. 9 through Thursday, Aug. 15, and feature over 72 events at over 40 farms across the state. Events are live and sorted by day and location on 
.Governor Phil Scott joined the crew at Green Mountain Girls Farm in Northfield to help them prepare for the week-long event.

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Secretary Perdue Statement on U.S. and E.U. Beef Agreement

(WASHINGTON, D.C. August 2, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after an agreement was signed between the United States and the European Union regarding beef trade between the two nations: 

“Getting more US beef into the EU market is yet another example of President Trump expanding markets around the globe for our agriculture producers. EU consumers desire high quality products, and I have no doubt that when given the opportunity to purchase U.S. products we will see more Europeans choose to buy American. America’s farmers and ranchers are the most productive on earth and I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for their continued work to promote the bounty of the American harvest across the world.”

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