Young Farmers Meet and Greet Series 2017 "Portrait of a New Farm"

VTFB's new Young Farmer Chair AnnaJo Smith is calling all young farmers to meet and explore what it takes to create and run a successful farm. On Friday, July 21 from 4:30 - 5:30p.m. tour Lester Farm & Market, in New Haven, VT.  Sam and Maura Lester will answer questions about how they turned 28 acres into a thriving farm, growing a variety of produce.  Then from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. enjoy pizza and beverages at Cheryl and Jerry Connor's Mountain View Inn in Bridport. RSVP by July 19 to AnnaJo Smith at 802-349-0284.




Vermont Breakfast on the Farm is Back

June 17, 2017 at Fairmont Farm and July 22, 2017 at Blue Spruce Farm

In 2016, Vermont Breakfast on the Farm was held at Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh and Green Mountain Dairy Farm in Sheldon. Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed a free breakfast and a first-hand look at a modern dairy farm to better understand how Vermont’s agricultural community works together to produce safe and wholesome food. Vermont Farm Bureau helped to sponsor Breakfast on the Farm which was coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture with help from volunteers and local businesses.

The Vander Wey Family of Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh hosted the event in 2015 and 2016. Prior to hosting Breakfast on the Farm Vermont Fences highlight Nea-Tocht Farm in the Spring 2015 issue. Copies of Vermont Fences were distributed at the first event in 2015 to give insight into this farm family's life and history. Read the full story The Vander Weys of Nea-Tocht Farm: A Family of Distinction.  The first Breakfast on the Farm was documented and featured in the 2016 Spring issue of Vermont Fences titled, An Educational Effort of the Ag Community.  Due to host the August 2016 Breakfast on the Farm The Rowell family of Sheldon were also featured in the Spring 2016 issue, Green Mountain Dairy: Walks the walk and talks the talk. 

This is a FREE event, but a tickets are required! Get your tickets at https://vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com/get-tickets/


American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall to Attend VTFB’s Summer Picnic on August 31

Rutland County Farm Bureau will host this year’s summer picnic on Thursday, August 31 in Brandon. Traditionally, there is a board meeting where legislative priorities are discussed for the coming year followed by a picnic. We are excited and honored that Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), has accepted our invitation to attend.

President of Vermont Farm Bureau Joe Tisbert encourages all of our members to take advantage of this opportunity. “I have been working with him for most of my two terms as your president. Zippy is a uniting force in the high stakes arena of politics in our nation’s capital. Come have a conversation with him and ask Zippy about the agricultural round table with President Trump. He is engaging and uniting all Farm Bureau members. You won’t be disappointed."

Duvall has been president of AFBF since 2016. He’s a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 300-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay. Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, also grow more than 750,000 broilers per year.


Required Agricultural Practices pass in Montpelier

On Thursday November 17, 2016 the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, “LCAR”, met for the third time to discuss the Required Agricultural Practices Rules (“RAPs”) submitted by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  LCAR had also previously discussed and taken testimony on the proposed rules on October 20th, and November 3rd .  On this final day of discussion they also agreed unanimously to send a letter with attachments to the committees of jurisdiction outlining residual concerns they have about enforcement, funding and definitions.

Vermont Farm Bureau President, Joseph Tisbert, was present at all three meetings and testified on behalf of Vermont Farm Bureau members.  He testified that a state funding mechanism should be in place before the rules were finalized, because compliance may cause economic hardship for some farmers.     

Members of LCAR spoke highly of Vermont farmers willingness to improve the water quality of Lake Champlain.  Everyone was thanked for their hard work in getting the rules done as it has been an ongoing process over the last several years. Participants were also thanked for their testimony to ensure that the rules were fair to all and comprehensible. 

After the rules being finalized, Tisbert said "It is now time for farmers to work together toward understanding the rules fully and learning how to apply them to their farming practices. Vermont Farm Bureau will work hard to ensure its members apply for and obtain funding. We intend to work with the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets,  Phil Scott and the legislature, to ensure that the rules are clear, and easy to follow.  Farmers should bring any implementation issues of the RAP's to the Vermont Farm Bureau Office, so our Lobbyist, Lyn Desmarais, and I can bring them immediately to our legislatures attention." Final copy of the RAP's 

Join us for a legislative breakfast on both Wednesday, Jan 25th and Wednesday, Feb 22nd at the State House Cafeteria at 8:30am in Montpelier.

Help American Farm Bureau Shape the 2018 Farm Bill 

Fill out their survey. Leadership on both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have indicated that they plan to begin working on the 2018 Farm Bill early next year.  Farm Bureau members need to be ready to answer a few very basic questions if we are going to continue to try and shape farm policy to meet our risk management needs for the future. To fill out the survey at http://www.fb.org/farmbillworkinggroup/docs/

American Farm Bureau has posted an 8 minute video detailing budget issues for the upcoming  Farm Bill Debate by Mary Kay Thatcher -