Young Farmers Share Visions on Future of Ag

As part of the Governor's Commission on the Future of Vermont Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts recently hosted a conversation with a panel of new and young Vermont farmers. The farmers shared personal stories about their experiences starting and running farm businesses in Vermont, including specifics about challenges and opportunities they've experienced in the sector and their visions for the future of agriculture here in the state.

The conversation concluded with a question and answer session between the panelists and the members of the Future of Agriculture Commission, the VT Climate Council’s Agriculture and Ecosystems Subcommittee and the Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group. The panel discussion provides an invaluable look at some of the challenges and opportunities facing new farmers in Vermont and will help guide the Commission's work in determining the best strategies for supporting a viable and robust future for agriculture here in VT.
Watch the Discussion Here
USDA Grants for Slaughterhouses

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant program assists currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection, or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with federal standards under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment program. An informational webinar will be held on July 13 at 1 pm. 

Deadline to Apply: August 2

Relief Grants: Expanded Eligibility

The Economic Recovery Bridge program, which provides grants to businesses that have suffered a net loss due to the pandemic, has expanded its eligibility. Businesses that have received prior state and/or federal funds are now eligible to apply. In order to receive funds, applicants must be able to demonstrate that the business experienced a net loss in 2020, greater than any net loss reported in 2019. Funds are disbursed on a first come, first served basis. 

Swine Parasite Management

If you have pigs on pasture they're at risk of parasites. Join this free webinar from Penn State Extension to learn more about the types and impacts of different kinds of parasites on pastured swine. The webinar will cover common pig parasites, impacts of parasites on animal and human health and the critical role of veterinarians in diagnosing and managing parasitism. Registration is required to attend and can be done anytime before the start of the event.

Event Date: July 19 @ 7 pm

Join Our Ag Development Team

We are seeking a driven and experienced marketing professional to join the 
Development Division of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. This supervisor position will lead the division's marketing program in developing communications, organizing events, and leading marketing efforts on behalf of the Agency and Vermont agricultural and food businesses. This is a full time position with a starting wage of $28.72/hr. 

Deadline to Apply: July 25

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