Press Release from AFBF June 6th, 2019


The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“The disaster relief measure signed by President Trump today is an important lifeline for farmers and ranchers whose greatest desire is to keep producing the food, fuel and fiber that make our way of life possible. The last two years have brought historic hurricanes like Florence and Michael. We have faced wildfires, tornadoes and flooding that has led to the worst planting season on record for many commodities. Many farmers have faced near-complete losses, and this measure will help us weather the storm.

“Americans have always come together in times of need to help lift our neighbors and support our communities. We thank Congress and the President for delivering this much-needed assistance for American agriculture.”


Agricultural Funding Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture says female farmers on the rise

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Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces FY19 Ski Vermont Grantee Donation

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Moving Forward into Spring

While spring feels a little slow and chilly here in Vermont, things are getting green, growing, and moving ahead. In the spirit of spring renewal - we share our reflections on Salvation Farms accomplishments and the promise of an ever unfolding future.

We invite you to read our 2018 Annual Report!

Many incredible things happened last year at Salvation Farms and through our partnership based work. Here is just one stat to peak your interest...

As a result of their involvement, 60% of responding volunteers reported that they were introduced to new farms, and 70% said they have increased their purchasing from local farms.

 AAFM Slaughter Diagram

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 New England Dairy Promotion Board News

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Activist Video Update 

In the past several months there have been undercover videos reported on dairy farms in Pennsylvania and Indiana

These incidents serve as a good time to remind all farmers of the need to thoroughly vet employees, both during the hiring process and through probationary period on the farm.  

Below are some tips from the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Your co-op or milk handler and/or state Farm Bureau office may also have other resources. 

Often, activist organizations try to get hired on farms to record misleading video that could damage the reputation of our industry. To avoid having this happen on your farm, the Animal Agriculture Alliance shares these tips:  

Hiring Tips








Employee Warning Signs

In most cases, employers realized - after the fact - who the former undercover employee had been. They also recognized - after the fact - many behaviors or actions demonstrated by the undercover employee that allowed them to have access to the animals and to produce videos - whether of real or staged animal mistreatment. Some of the behaviors included:  


                      If you have questions, please reach out to our staff members below.                                                                


Michael DeAngelis, MS, MPH, RD                                  Laura Hardie

VP Integrated Communications                                     Farmer Relations Manager

617-734-6750 x13                                                         802-863-5416 ext. 100

978-335-4643 (cell)                                                       802-238-0833 (cell)

MDeAngelis@NewEnglandDairy.com                       LHardie@NewEnglandDairy.com


Thank you,  


Jenny Karl, CEO

New England Dairy Promotion Board 


Working Lands Enterprise Board names FY19 grantees, over $800,000 awarded

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Shelburne Farms Experiments with "Biochar" to Clean Water and Revitalize Soil 

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Vermont syrup producers churned out 2.1 million gallons this year

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Clean Water Lecture Series to Highlight Vermont’s Clean Water Act Implementation

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) just announced its Spring 2019 Clean Water Lectures series schedule. The lecture series is open to the public and offers a glimpse into DEC's clean water efforts to protect public health; support fishing, swimming, boating, and other recreational uses; and provide critical wildlife habitat.

The four upcoming lectures, held in Montpelier and via Skype, will cover a variety of water quality topics. Attendees can learn about the recent clean water projects related to Vermont's Clean Water Act, including new tools for tactical basin planning, innovative natural resources restoration financing, new stormwater regulations, and lake monitoring and assessment. 

The Clean Water Lecture Series is open to all. Anyone who is interested can join in person or online via https://tiny.cc/lecture-series.

                      To attend in person, please RSVP to anr.cleanwatervt@vermont.gov

                            May 9th & June 13th are the next and last in the Spring Series

CLICK HERE for more information on Clean Water Lecture Series, or the upcoming presentations.




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