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.”
Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces FY19 Ski Vermont Grantee Donation
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Northeast SARE Apply Here Farmer, Partnership, Graduate Student, Research &Education, Research for Novel Approaches
USDA Small Business Innovation Research
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Vermont Farm Women's Fund CLICK HERE