Planning Projects on Your Farm This Winter?
Thinking about investing in new infrastructure or equipment to grow your business in 2020? The Vermont Farm Fund can help with no-hassle, low-interest loans to Vermont farmers and value-added food producers.
We offer Business Builder loans from $5,000-30,000 at 3% interest.
The VFF is a nonprofit true revolving loan fund: as the community of recipients pays back their loans, funds are replenished for the next cycle of borrowers.
Since 2011 we've made nearly 100 loans, for projects ranging from a cider processing building, egg washing equipment, a new sugarhouse, herb processing equipment, a goat barn, walk-in coolers, and a cheese vat.
If you have an idea for a project that helps to grow your food and farm-based business, but need to finance your project, call Kate at 802-560-3099 or visit www.vermontfarmfund.org.
USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Dairy Margin Coverage Program
Enrollment Ends Dec. 13, 2019
Are you looking for help on your farm? CLICK HERE to post a job or find workers.
VAAFM Farmer's Market Pricing
Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces FY19 Ski Vermont Grantee Donation
For Details, CLICK HERE
AAFM Slaughter Diagram
New England Dairy Promotion Board News
Activist Video Update
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:
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)
Jenny Karl, CEO
New England Dairy Promotion Board
Working Lands Enterprise Board names FY19 grantees, over $800,000 awarded
Shelburne Farms Experiments with "Biochar" to Clean Water and Revitalize Soil
Vermont syrup producers churned out 2.1 million gallons this year
Northeast SARE Apply Here Farmer, Partnership, Graduate Student, Research &Education, Research for Novel Approaches
USDA Small Business Innovation Research
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State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Grants CLICK HERE
Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants CLICK HERE
Vermont Farm Women's Fund CLICK HERE