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Join the Vermont Maple 100

The Vermont Maple 100 is a month-long, annual promotion that highlights the hundreds of maple activities, adventures, and maple-inspired products available across Vermont. This fall, join the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in partnership with Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and organizations from all across the state, to help visitors and Vermonters alike discover new ways to enjoy Vermont’s sweetest treat! 
 
We’re looking for farms, food businesses, sugarmakers, restaurants, lodging partners, producer associations, food system organizations, recreation businesses, tourism partners, and more to participate in a celebration of all things maple from September 15 - October 15, 2022. If your business has a connection with maple, we'd love to have you participate! 
 
It’s free to join — just let us know how you’d like to be involved. It could be a simple as promoting a maple-inspired product, to hosting an event, or having a Vermont Maple 100 special at your restaurant. Each event will be featured on VermontVacation.com. 
 

Registration closes July 30th.
Contact Kristen Wirkkala at kristen.wirkkala@vermont.gov to learn more and sign up today! 

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International Workshop on Agritourism

August 30 - September 1 2022 | Burlington, Vermont

The International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) is a global network of farmers and ranchers, tourism experts, researchers, educators, agricultural service providers, and others interested in promoting agritourism.

For more information visit: www.AgritourismConference.com
Vermont Salumi Leads Local Economic Revitalization with Working Lands Grant

By Clare Salerno, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 

The pandemic has placed great strain on the meat production and processing sector, but Vermont’s meat producers are meeting the challenge. Vermont Salumi, Pete Colman’s Barre-based sausage and salami producer received a $50,000 Working Lands Enterprise Fund (WLEF) grant in late 2018 and used it to purchase equipment and open a new storefront in downtown Barre that enabled the business to expand production, revenue, and number of employees despite pandemic setbacks.  

With their grant, Vermont Salumi developed a mid-scaled slicing line to open valuable markets for VT specialty meats. The slicer was installed at VT Packinghouse, which currently serves as a critical link between Black River Meats, which supplies Vermont-raised pork, and Vermont Salumi’s custom fabrication facility on Main Street in downtown Barre. The Barre facility opened concurrent to the new slicer’s installation at VT Packinghouse in Springfield. These infrastructure advancements enabled Vermont Salumi to lead critical scaling of the Vermont pork supply chain during the challenges of the pandemic.  

The business was successful enough that Coleman opened a separate retail business at the Barre storefront, or AR Market. In 2022, he began renting part of the space to Pearl Street Pizza who sells dine-in and takeout meals in addition to the grocery, produce, meat, and prepared food items at AR Market. Coleman has hired 5 full time staff in the market and employs an additional 5 employees in the Vermont Salumi processing rooms. The market meets an important need for Barre residents with limited transportation access, and Coleman seeks to provide a range of low-cost and high-end options to serve everyone in the community, including Everyone Eats meals, fresh produce, and wine. He says, “We'd like to believe that the addition of a renovated building in a dying downtown also creates vibrancy for the surrounding store fronts. We have been personally thanked by almost every other merchant in downtown Barre for our contributions.” 

               
At VT Packinghouse in Springfield, other farmers/producers operating out of the central supply chain facility have also benefited from Vermont Salumi’s slicer. Vermont Salumi currently co-packs with 5 different hog farmers, helping them to broaden their offerings, increasing revenue, as well as supporting their distribution channels. In 2021, Vermont Salumi purchased 65,000 pounds of VT pork and began purchasing whole animals from Vermont for dry cured meats. Because the volume of meat processed at VT Packinghouse almost doubles annually, Vermont Salumi creates two full time jobs per year just in that facility.  

With all these successes and AR Market now open 7 days a week, Coleman has been able to step back from the day-to-day operations to appreciate the progress he’s made from making sausage in his kitchen 10 years ago.  

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) funding opportunities will re-open in fall 2022. Please visit workinglands.vermont.gov to learn more about how WLEI supports agriculture and forestry enterprises around Vermont. 

e throughout our state and in the wonderful dairy products produced with their milk in the state and the region.”  said VDIA board member Amy Maxham “Vermont dairy farmers work hard year-round to produce top quality milk and it is our privilege to recognize 3 Vermont farms for their exceptionally high quality.  This level of quality is the result of year-round attention to detail, hard work and persistence.“

The A. Pizzagalli Family Farm Fund will provide a $5K grant to support the VDIA “Milk Quality Award” program.  The grants are designed to encourage professionalism and quality in the industry and recognize dairy farmers for their daily hard work for Vermont.  For many years, Angelo Pizzagalli has supported Vermont’s working landscape and its farmers, recognizing the importance of this segment of Vermont’s economy and shared heritage.

“Vermont’s farmers are focused on quality. We congratulate these award-winning farmers who are committed to excellence,” Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts said.  “We are thankful to the Angelo Pizzagalli Family and the Vermont Community Foundation for their on-going support of our dairy farmers. It’s making a difference for our hard-working farm families in Vermont.”

The Vermont Dairy Industry Association works for the mutual benefit of its members, dairy farm families, and the dairy industry; while encouraging and promoting close cooperation with educational institutions and other agencies concerned with the dairy industry.  It also provides educational opportunities, facilitates networking, supports youth activities in dairy and recognizes excellence in the dairy industry.  The milk of all nominees has met strict quality criteria.

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Be on the Alert for
Spotted Lanternfly

By Scott Waterman, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is asking the public to keep an eye out for the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) during the spring landscaping season. This is due to the risk of egg masses being accidentally brought in on shipments of nursery stock imported from other states that may have an established spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestation.   This invasive bug is not yet known to have established a breeding population in Vermont. The Agency educates the nursery industry about the threat and actions that it can take to keep the invasive pest out of Vermont.

The Agency recently received reports that nursery stock from SLF-infested areas may have been imported into states neighboring Vermont through the nursery trade. Any Vermonter who has recently purchased trees or shrubs or had them planted on their property, particularly maple or crabapple trees, is being asked to inspect the trunk and branches to ensure there are no SLF egg masses or any hitchhiking nymphs, and to report any finds to Vermont Invasives at https://vtinvasives.org/reporting-spotted-lanternfly. Landscapers and plant nurseries are also being reminded to stay on the lookout for this pest, report it to the Agency, and treat nursery stock to prevent possible spread of this insect.

“We know that SLF is a good hitchhiker and can be easily moved from state to state, on nursery stock or on vehicles or on anything they can hitch a ride on,” said state entomologist Judy Rosovsky. “Our best bet for keeping spotted lanternfly out of Vermont is to get additional eyes on the trees. Alert citizens have found all the SLF that have been intercepted in VT.”

In addition to the agricultural impacts it causes, SLF has the potential to negatively impact outdoor activities when the adults appear in the late summer due to their swarming behavior and production of “honeydew” that may attract stinging insects. SLF egg masses are about an inch and a half long, and are flat and gray in color, making them difficult to detect, especially on tree bark. Because of this, any SLF may not be noticed until the nymphs hatch at the end of May or the start of June. The public is asked to look for small black insects marked with white dots. If grapes or tree-of-heaven are in the area, they will migrate to those plants.

Spotted Lanternfly adultSLF is a sap-feeding insect that has caused significant impacts to vineyards, orchards, and other agricultural commodities in states where it has become established. SLF not only harms grapevines, maples, hops, blueberries, and over 100 other host plants, but has been observed to impact outdoor recreation in other states where populations are high and adult lanternflies swarm in large numbers during mating season.

If you see any signs of spotted lanternfly, please report it, https://vtinvasives.org/reporting-spotted-lanternfly. The Agency may contact you to determine if action is necessary to prevent establishment in Vermont.

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