In Response to Swanton Sector Border Patrol’s Planned Immigration Checkpoints
In a joint statement, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) said: “While we sincerely appreciate the work of the U.S. Border Patrol in keeping our country safe along the Northern Border through their actions to interdict dangerous criminal behavior such as human trafficking, we are concerned to learn of the U.S. Border Patrol’s plans to operate a number of immigration checkpoints in the interior of Vermont. While these checkpoints will cause needless delays for travelers and hinder commerce between Vermont and Canada, we are not convinced that they will make Vermont or the United States any safer. Rather, they appear to be another escalation of the Trump Administration’s aggressive yet wasteful use of immigration enforcement resources. Moreover, we are concerned these interior checkpoints may result in warrantless searches that violate the constitutionally protected Fourth Amendment right to privacy for everyone in our country and will instill fear in our immigrant communities –– regardless of an individual’s immigration status.We believe that inside our country the phrase ‘show me your papers’ does not belong in the United States of America.”
[Background: The three members of the Vermont delegation have introduced or cosponsored the Border Zone Reasonableness Restoration Act of 2018 (S.3162 – H.R.6462), which would reduce the “border zone” in which DHS officers can stop vehicles to search for aliens from 100 miles down to 25 miles, and would reduce the zone in which DHS officers may enter onto private property (except houses) from 25 miles down to 10 miles. It would also prohibit DHS from stopping a vehicle at dragnet-style immigration checkpoints further than 10 miles from the border, without reasonable suspicion that an occupant is in the U.S. illegally.]
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David Carle (w/Leahy): 202-224-3693 Dan McLean (w/Sanders): 802-862-0697 Kate Hamilton (w/Welch): 202-440-3340
Free Workshop Open to All Farmers! Learn How to Handle Tough Questions at Discussion Training
Friday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm Yankee Farm Credit Office
130 Upper Welden St, St Albans City, VT 05478
Do you think we can do a better job explaining why we do what we do as farmers? Are you hesitant to engage in conversations with the average consumer? Misinformation abounds, but it’s up to us in the agricultural community to set the record straight.
Join us at the upcoming “Productive Conversations” training workshop on Friday, October 26 at the Yankee Farm Credit office in St. Albans to learn how to lead positive conversations about the tough issues surrounding our industry, with a specific focus on water quality and the environment. The workshop will train you to get your point across in all types of settings including in person, in a town hall setting, online or when speaking to a reporter.
Are you a farmer seeking funding to help complete a capital improvement project on your farm?
The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for farmers!
Eligible farmers can apply for Water Quality Grants or Dairy Improvement Grants, both of which provide grants of $5,000 to $40,000. Matching funds are required for both programs and may include federal or state grants as well as cash or loans. VHCB will hold three competitive grant rounds, with the first upcoming deadline on August 13, 2018. Application materials will be available on their website by the end of June.
Do the people driving down your road recognize cover cropping when they see it? Do they notice a field where “no-till” planting is building soil health? Do they appreciate the importance of growing permanent grass, especially on our most vulnerable soils?
New roadside signs developed by the Franklin County Conservation District (website hyperlinked) are available to celebrate examples of such conservation practices! The tag-line, “For my land, for our water” conveys the benefits the landowner sees in soil health, stream-bank stabilization, and crop productivity, as well as the water quality benefits that everyone appreciates.
The FWA purchased 65 signs to give to our members for free! 30 for cover cropping, 20 for growing grass, and 15 for no-till. These signs will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis – so please email us at FarmersWatershedAllianceNW@gmail.com if you would like some signs for your fields!
Placement and storage considerations:
Place signs more than 14 feet from the white line of any state roads or they will be picked up by the state highway crews. Restrictions on town roads may vary.
Place your signs where they will be visible from the road, and not blocked by growing vegetation.
Remove and store your signs when the practice you are advertising is no longer obviously visible (e.g. cover crop has been terminated.)
Remove and store your signs before winter. With proper care, signs should last two or more seasons.
Take a picture with the sign, the practice you are promoting (and yourself, if you wish!) and send it to FranklinCountyNRCD@gmail.com and/orFarmersWatershedAllianceNW@gmail.com. Your pictures will be used to further promote the good work farmers are doing.
Please come join us at Borderview Research Farm on July 27th for UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team 10th annual field day! Please let us know if you can come by registering here online: www.regonline.com/2017cropsfieldday
Position Summary: The Farmer’s Watershed Alliance (FWA) seeks a Program Coordinator to join our organization in St. Albans. The FWA is a trusted farmer run and lead organization based in Franklin and Grande Isle Counties. The preferred applicant will be responsible for coordinating and advertising outreach events, generating outreach materials, fundraising, managing membership, and representing Farmer’s Watershed Alliance online and in public. This person will have a high level of interpersonal communication skills. A background in agriculture is preferred. Enthusiasm is essential. Compensation starts at $15.50/hour.