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Governor Lifts All State COVID-19 Restrictions!

It's hard to capture the pride and gratitude we feel knowing that Vermont is the first state in the country where 80% of the eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We know that the pandemic is far from behind us, and that people throughout the world are still suffering from it's devastating effects, but it feels good to be able to celebrate this collective achievement that has once again established Vermont as a national leader. 

Having now reached the 80% vaccination target, Governor Scott, as promised, has lifted all state COVID-19 restrictions. For businesses, including all food, farm and forestry businesses, that means they are now able to operate free from things like mask requirements and capacity limits. However, as Governor Scott made clear, businesses retain the right to implement their own policies as they see fit. This includes requiring customers and/or employees to wear masks or maintain social distancing. Vermonters should also be aware that federal guidelines are still in place for public transportation and long-term care facilities

Thank you to all those that helped us reach this important milestone.  
Read the Gov.'s Press Release
Help Inform Produce Marketing

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets’ Produce Program is seeking input from fruit and vegetable growers on ways to improve the program’s outreach and communications. Responses to this survey will help the Produce Program promote local produce and Vermont growers' commitment to quality and safe growing practices. The anonymous survey should take 5-10 minutes.

Survey closes: July 1 

Community Composting Support

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans, and are part of USDA’s efforts to support urban agriculture.

Deadline to Apply: July 16

COVID Relief for Farmers of Color

The PASA Sustainable Agriculture organization is accepting applications from northeast farmers of color for COVID-19 relief payments. $500 one-time payments are available for eligible applicants who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Applicants must live in the northeast, identify as a person of color, and must own or work on a farm or commercial fishing operation. The application is open now.

Deadline to Apply: June 26

Clean Water Initiative Program

UVM Extension is hosting a free 'Lunch and Learn' session to discuss their Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP). The CWIP program supports dairy, livestock and other farm businesses in addressing water quality issues. Topics to be discussed include a background on required agricultural practices, different types of assistance programs, examples of water quality improvements and stories and examples from farmers.

Event Date: June 28 @ Noon  

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