Announcement

CREP is up and running!

More info at:  https://agriculture.vermont.gov/crep

Emergency Winter Spreading Exemption, VAAFM

NEW – There is now an Emergency Winter Ban and Snow-Covered Ground Agricultural Waste Spreading Exemption Effective December 16, 2019 through to December 22, 2019.

To utilize the exemption (link below), your farm must read and follow the requirements of the exemption to ensure any manure or agricultural waste spreading activities comply with the requirements of the exemption as well as the RAPs.

This emergency exemption will expire at 11:59 PM on December 22, 2019.

This Emergency Winter Ban and Snow-Covered Ground Agricultural Waste Spreading Exemption does not exempt your farm from complying with any other laws or regulations.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets will be conducting field investigations across the state to ensure farms are complying with this emergency exemption. Records of all manure or agricultural waste applications must be kept by your farm and be made available for inspection by the Agency.

Please do not hesitate to call the numbers at the bottom of the exemption with any questions.

Full Exemption Document: AAFM-Emergency-Spreading-Exemption-12152019

FREE Renewable Thermal Energy Assessment Program for farms businesses!

EnSave, Inc. of Richmond Vermont, is under contract with Vermont Electric Cooperative to perform FREE Renewable Thermal Energy Assessments for farms and businesses! EnSave is an energy efficiency consulting group that has been in business for over 25 years helping to save energy for businesses and farms all over the country. They are very happy to be serving fellow Vermonters through this program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.
Application form:

Swanton Sector Border Patrol’s Planned Immigration Checkpoints

Statement of Vermont’s Congressional Delegation

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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CONTACT:

David Carle (w/Leahy): 202-224-3693
Dan McLean (w/Sanders): 802-862-0697
Kate Hamilton  (w/Welch): 202-440-3340

 

Learn How to Handle Tough Questions at Discussion Training

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
Lunch Included

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.

RSVP by emailing your name, farm name, and number attending to Catherine Davidson at FarmersWatershedAllianceNW@gmail.com

Workshop sponsored by New England Dairy Promotion Board.

 

 

 

Dairy Farm Income Enhancement Proposals

Dairy farm income enhancement proposals have been submitted to this website: https://dairyproposals2018.com/view-proposals/

Please take some time to review these proposals and voice your opinion, either by commenting on existing proposals or submitting a proposal on behalf of yourself or your farm/operation!

 

 

VAAFM Grassed Waterway & Filter Strip Program

Sunflower Viewing & Picking in Georgia, VT

FWA Director, Scott Magnan, is welcoming guests to visit his sunflower fields on Wilder Drive in Georgia this week through Sunday!

To visit is free though donations are appreciated. Sunflowers are available to pick for $5/flower.

Please respect those they share the road with, park by the machinery and read the sign posted at the entry to their land.

Call Scott at 363-7707 to set up a time to visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VHCB 2018 Grant Opportunities for Farmers!

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.

 

Visit the links below for more information!

  

 

Conservation Road Signs “For My Land, For Our Water”

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/or FarmersWatershedAllianceNW@gmail.com. Your pictures will be used to further promote the good work farmers are doing.

Product specs:

  • 18” x 24”
  • Double-sided
  • Full color
  • Wire H-frame stake included
  • UV-resistant