Leahy hails passage of five-year Farm Bill, Vermont 'wins'   


Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate late Tuesday passed a new five-year Farm Bill that includes significant wins for Vermont families, dairy, organic and hemp farms, and the state’s rural communities, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). As a member of the conference committee that negotiated the bill, Leahy played a central role in shaping the final provisions that are vital to Vermont’s economy, farmers, working landscape, the food and nutrition of Vermont’s families, and the economic vitality of rural communities throughout the state.  Leahy also is a former chairman of the Agriculture Committee and is the panel’s most senior member.

The Senate passed the bill in a strong bipartisan vote of 87 to 13, coming only a day after a final Farm Bill compromise was concluded, signed by Leahy and other conferees, and filed in the Senate and House.

Read the full article: https://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2018/december/11/leahy-hails-passage-five-year-farm-bill-vermont-wins

      To read more on how the process has taken place: https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/2018-farm-bill

                         Watch this video to hear what our legislative director had to say about the farm bill: https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Whats-in-the-farm-bill-for-Vermont-agriculture-502611132.html


            EPA ROLLS BACK CLEAN WATER ACT JURISDICTION                         with new WOTUS Rule

    by:- John Herath  (December 11, 2018)  


     The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday unveiled a new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act designed to provide a clearer picture of what waters are and are not regulated by the federal government.

     “The agency's proposal would replace the 2015 definition with a clearer and easier to understand definition that will result in significant cost savings, protect the nation's navigable waterways, and reduce barriers to important economic and environmental projects,” said Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a background call to reporters. “It would end years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. It would help a landowner understand whether a project on his or her property will require a federal permit or not without spending thousands of dollars on engineering and legal professionals.  

Read the full article: https://www.agprofessional.com/article/epa-rolls-back-clean-water-act-jurisdiction-new-wotus-rule


                                                                  Norah lake, Vermont Farmer & Farm Bureau Member, Congratulations!


                             See the full article in the December 2018 issue of Agriview!                                                      


                        Jim Jones, Vermont Dairy Farmer & Farm Bureau Member

                             is on the cover of the November Agriview.                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                           Congratulations Jim!                                                                                                                                                                            

By Nina Gage, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Jim Jones is a third-generation dairy farmer. He farms land from the headwaters of the Black River to the Wolcott town line. Along the way, you’ll find his sugar shack, and an awesome view of the river valley.

When Jim was a kid, he took turns with his brother Tony, milking the cows before the school bus came. Today, Jim manages almost 800 acres of land, mainly forestland and sugarbush, with hay and corn fields between. The Certified Small Farm Operation has a herd of about 160 cows, calves and heifers. “We’ve done a lot, there is more we can do,” explained Jim as we discussed conservation on his farm.    To read the full article, go to https://agriculture.vermont.gov/node/2064                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference November 1st & 2nd, 2019

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Nominate the Best in Agriculture! October 1 Deadline

Members To Be Recognized at Vermont Farm Bureau's 104th Annual Meeting and Conference November 1st & 2nd, 2019

Every year members are recognized for their exemplary service to agriculture at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting and Conference.   

Agriculture plays a critical role in Vermont's economy, and it's important to publicly recognize the individuals and families that produce, educate, and contribute to our beautiful state. Categories are:

Vermont Century Farm:  Century Award application

This award is given to recognize farmers who have maintained the home farm in the same family for 100 years or more.

Since 1953, the Vermont State Grange and the Vermont Farm Bureau have jointly sponsored the Vermont Century Farms Program. In doing so, the two organizations have continued a project begun in 1951 under the leadership of Dr. Arthur Wallace Peach, who was the director of the Vermont Historical Society.

The Cornwall Award: Cornwall Award Application

The Cornwall Award honors the best overall County Farm Bureau program in Vermont.  It is named in memory of Vermont Farm Bureau’s 1st president, Ellsworth B. Cornwall. It is in his honor, and in the tradition of leadership excellence that the truly dedicated and successful County Farm Bureaus, with their leaders and members, are proudly recognized.

Farm Woman of the Year Award:  Farm Woman of the Year Application

Selection of the winning farm woman is based on efforts in both the chosen occupation and leadership achievement.

Young Farmer Achievement Award:  Young Farmer Achievement Award Application

Vermont Farm Bureau  annually conducts a young farmer achievement award program. County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to promote this activity in their own county. Selection of the winning young farmer individual or family is based on their efforts in both their chosen occupation and leadership achievement.  Participation in this program with individual recognition and the resulting publicity will help build the organization.

Farm Family of the Year Award: Farm Family of Year Application 

Vermont Farm Bureau annually conducts an outstanding farmer award program. Selection of the winning farmer (farm family) is based on efforts in both the chosen occupation and leadership achievement

The Wallace award: The Wallace Award Application 

The Wallace Award is named for past Vermont Farm Bureau president, Keith Wallace and is presented annually in the spirit of recognizing Vermont’s finest agriculturists.  First presented in 1975, this highest award given by Vermont Farm Bureau honors individuals or couples for their distinguished lifetime service to agriculture.

Applications are due at the Farm Bureau office by October 1, 2019.

Mail to:

                Vermont Farm Bureau Awards Committee
                Vermont Farm Bureau
                117 West Main Street
                Richmond, VT 05477