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Vermont Farm Bureau in the Classroom:
Bear & Book Purchases Supporting AG Book Placement in Area School

Vermont Farm Bureau and the 14 County Farm Bureaus are actively working to place the following books into Elementary Schools throughout the State of Vermont: , "Sleep Tight Farm," by Eugenie Doyle (a VT Children's Author); "John Deere, That's Who," a story about a Rutland Native, John Deere; and "Right This Very Minute," a farm-to-plate story. All are beautifully illustrated and available for purchase via cash or check (made out to Vermont Foundation for Agriculture). 
         See The Books Here

Representatives from the different county bureaus are delivering and reading at least one of these books to a group of children at each area school.




The Vermont Foundation for Agriculture and Vermont Teddy Bear have teamed up to sell these two (2) adorable bears with custom made shirts celebrating the 100th year of AFBF. 20% of the proceeds from the sale of these bears goes toward placing these books into the schools. 
           CLICK HERE to Purchase Yours


Nominations close April 26th for dairy award.

Consider nominating a farm for the 2019 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award

 

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Do you know of an outstanding, efficiently managed dairy operation that sets a strong example for other farmers to follow through its management practices, innovative ideas or overall excellence in dairying? If so, consider nominating that farm for the 2019 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award.University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA) are accepting nominations through April 26 from agricultural organizations, businesses, farmers and other individuals. Previous nominees that did not win this award may be nominated again.To submit a nomination or learn about the program and previous winners, visit http://go.uvm.edu/vdfya

. Or call Peggy Manahan at (800) 639-2130 to request a nomination form.The recipient will be chosen by a judging committee of past award winners. This committee will visit the farms to evaluate each on its total farm management, herd, milk quality, crop production, pasture quality, conservation and environmental practices and contributions to the dairy industry, among other criteria. The winner will be announced in early summer and will be honored at Eastern States Exposition, the Vermont Farm Show’s dairy farmer luncheon and the annual VDIA meeting.The New England Green Pastures Program, which began in 1947 as a way to publicly acknowledge farms with the “greenest pastures” in the region, sponsors the Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award along with similar awards programs in each of the other five New England states. In 1961 selection of a regional winner was eliminated with each state recognizing its own outstanding dairy enterprise instead.–UVM Extension

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $23 million in competitive grant funding

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill under the Local Agriculture Marketing Program (LAMP), covers both the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
 and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).

Applications for both FMPP and LFPP must be submitted through  www.grants.gov by June 19. 

. FMPP funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. FMPP offers two types of projects: Capacity Building and Community Development Training and Technical Assistance. Both have a three-year performance period. Funding ranges from $50,000 to $500,000.  LFPP funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that serve as intermediaries and help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

LFPP offers 18-month Planning Grants and 3 year  Implementation Grants. Funding ranges from $25,000 to $500,000.  Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses or cooperatives, producer networks or associations, community supported agriculture networks or associations, food councils, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and tribal governments. Both FMPP and LFPP require matching funds equal to 25 percent of the total Federal portion of the grant. Additionally, both FMPP and LFPP applicants may use up to $6,500 of the amount requested in their application for upgrades to equipment to improve food safety. In addition to FMLFPP, LAMP encompasses the Regional Food System Partnership grants and the Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) Program. LAMP aims to:

Agency of Agriculture Releases Proposed Vermont Hemp Rules. Will assist those seeking to grow or process hemp in Vermont

April 19, 2019 | Montpelier, VT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has released a set of proposed rules that set the stage for growing the Vermont hemp industry and the state’s economy.  The Agency filed the rules with the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR), which begins the rule making process in Vermont. The Agency will hold public hearings around the state to take comments on the rules from all partners in the industry. “Farmers are buying seed, equipment and land. Processors are opening facilities and hiring people. These proposed rules help shape the future. We are excited to help improve the rural economic landscape with this important step,” said VAAFM Secretary Anson Tebbetts.  The proposed rules focus on consumer assurance, testing and building a Vermont brand. “We have a great opportunity for our farmers to build a Vermont hemp brand much like Vermont has done around cheese, ice cream, beer, wine and maple, These rules help in this effort.” said Stephanie Smith of the VAAFM. The Agency met with stakeholders, shared its vision for supporting the industry in multiple forums, and received feedback from legislators and other interested individuals on the content of the rules. The rules will support VAAFM’s state plan submission to USDA for primary regulator authority over hemp cultivation and processing.  “The input from farmers, processors and policy makers has been tremendous. We will continue to seek their help as we finalize the rules that will shape the hemp market for years to come,” said Cary Giguere of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. The proposed rules are attached to this release, and can be found on the VAAFM website here: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/public-health-agricultural-resource-management-division/hemp-program/hemp-program-rulemaking For more information contact:Stephanie Smith | VAAFM Chief Policy Enforcement OfficerStephanie.smith@vermont.gov 802-828-1732

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