2022 Joint Annual Meeting between Vermont’s Farmer Watershed Organizations

Flyer for 2022 Joint Annual Meeting

H730 Proposes to Deem Lake Carmi a “Lake in Crisis”

Your fellow farmers need your support!

As part of Vermont’s agricultural community, you likely know that there has been tremendous pressure on farms that live and grow crops in the Lake Carmi Watershed.  A bill sitting in Montpelier (H730 – hyperlinked for reference) may actually get passed.  This bill would allow ANR to cease all agricultural activities in the watershed if necessary, deeming Lake Carmi a “lake in crisis”.

Over the past few weeks, the farmers in the Lake Carmi Watershed have been working with unbiased UVM Extension to pull together information to present in Montpelier.  This information clearly shows the amazing job this group is doing to reduce their impact on Lake Carmi.

On Thursday, April 12th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. we will have an opportunity to present this information to Ag and Natural Resource Committees in a joint hearing in Montpelier.

We are asking FWA members join the hearing to support their fellow farmers in Lake Carmi.  You will not need to say anything – just be there for the others that will.

If you can attend please contact Jeff or Heather or email FarmersWatershedAllianceNWgmail.com ASAP – we would like to setup a carpool.

If you cannot attend but would like to watch, the FWA will be Live Streaming this meeting from the Franklin Grand Isle County Farmer’s Watershed Alliance Facebook page.

Tile Drainage Survey – UVM Extension NW Crops & Soils Team

Heather Darby and her UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Team are evaluating how tile drainage has lessened financial and environmental risks to farmers.  We are asking all Vermont farmers to please participate in this survey, which is anonymous and completely voluntary.  It will take about 10 minutes, and the information will help their team gain a better understanding of the acreage and cropland impacted, as well as the conservation opportunities made available by installing drainage systems.

Click here https://bit.ly/2GenfnS to go directly to the survey, or go to the UVM Extension NW Crops & Soils program web site to view the cover letter and access the survey – www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil.  Thank you for your input!