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Requesting Applications for Two Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Grants

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The first round of Working Lands Enterprise Initiative applications for fiscal year (FY) 2023 is launching! Read more...

Vermont Dairy Farming: A Proud Way of Life

Being a dairy farmer in Vermont is not an easy life. The work is hard, the hours are long, and cows don't take weekends off. It's a seven day a week operation. For Vermont farmers, milking cows is not only a source of income. It's a way of life. It's a love of the land. It's an attachment to a farm that, in many cases, has been handed down… Read more...

Vermont Forest Future Strategic Roadmap initiative set to launch

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) is set to launch an initiative to develop a Forest Future Strategic Roadmap to identify actionable strategies to strengthen, modernize, promote, and protect Vermont’s forest products sector and the broader forest economy. Read more...

Vermont Food System News - July 2022

Vermont Business Magazine Round-Up of Food System News this month Read more...

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative invests $5.2 million in FY22, supports 59 working lands and forestry businesses

Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Legislature committed $5.2 million dollars to the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative program this fiscal year, facilitating grants to 59 Vermont businesses. This marks the most significant investment in the 10 years of the program, with a total investment of over 12 million since 2012. Today’s gathering… Read more...

Vermont State Agency of Agriculture, Farm Agronomic Practices Program

The Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program utilizes state funding to help Vermont farms implement soil-based agronomic practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges. The FAP program also provides education and instructional activity grants to support outreach regarding the… Read more...

Vermont's dairy farms: Which way forward?

Each year, the people who study such things inform us that our state's dairy farms, so emblematic of what makes Vermont, Vermont, continue to dwindle in number. According to the state's Agency for Farms, Food and Markets, Vermont had 973 cow dairy farms in 2012. Five years later, there were 796 — 18% fewer. By the first quarter of this year, the… Read more...

VAAFM Farm Agronomic Practice (FAP) Program open for applications

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) has announced that applications for the Farm Agronomic Practice (FAP) Program(link is external) are now open. The FAP Program utilizes state funding to help Vermont farms implement field agronomic practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and… Read more...

Gardener’s Supply and Intervale Center Founder Will Raap Tackles an Ambitious Farm Project

Will Raap, has a new project, a reboot of Nordic Farm, the high-profile, hilltop former dairy on Route 7 in Charlotte. His ambitious goal for this venture: nothing less than demonstrating a new path forward for Vermont agriculture. Read more...

Working Lands Enterprise Board announces $3.1 million FY 2022 Impact grants

The Working Lands program awarded $3.1 million in grants that will help grow agriculture and small businesses in Vermont with new Supply Chain and Market Level Impact specific grants to leverage supply chain partnerships at a significant scale of up to $250K per award. Read more...

New Services Available through Farm First

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets Farm First, the State’s resource for providing farmers and their families support, information, and resources to reduce stress, is expanding its services to include stress reduction training for agriculture service providers and a Farmer Peer Network. Read more...

Land Trust Alliance - Gaining Ground

Watch this brief, but good video, about conservation from the Land Trust Alliance produced for Earth Month, and throughout the year, let's make sure that everyone has access to natural, beautiful, open spaces. Because when communities come together to support land trusts, their local actions have global impact. That’s the power of land trusts. Read more...

$5,000 land stewardship, innovation and service award available for farmers

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Land Trust is accepting applications for the 2022 Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award to recognize business innovation, environmental practices, and giving back. The $5,000 award is intended for land stewardship, innovation, and service to community. Read more...

Agricultural Business Assistance Programs

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets UVM Extension Agricultural Business engages with farm, forest and maple enterprises using planning and educational resources to promote a strong agricultural economy. Read more...

VT study shows potential to increase crop yield, decrease environmental impact

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College partnered with Earthwise Global Inc., a Northfield, Vt.-based AgriTech company, on a 6-week preliminary feasibility study that evaluated the use of a nanobubble technology to grow hydroponic crops more efficiently and abundantly. Read more...

When will Vermont farmers markets open? Here's what you'll want to know for 2022

Spring is here in Vermont, meaning farmers markets will soon begin again. Most of the markets in the state begin in the mid-spring or early summer and last until autumn. Some markets, like those in Middlebury and Montpelier, have been holding weekly events throughout the winter and will continue to do so through most of April. Most spring and… Read more...

Study underscores vital role Food & Ag sectors play in feeding Vermont’s economy

On Tuesday, 30 food and agriculture groups released the sixth annual Feeding the Economy report, a historic farm-to-fork economic analysis revealing how these sectors influence the local and broader United States economies. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s study highlights how the industries remained resilient to provide Americans… Read more...

Most Charlotte farmers have to supplement their income

The Charlotte Land Trust this week released a study it commissioned to better understand the agricultural landscape in town and identify roles conservation can play in the future of farming here. Here's a summary. Read more...

Charlotte Farm Study Presentation

The Charlotte Land Trust Agricultural Farm Study is complete. We will be presenting it, with the Charlotte Grange, on Zoom on Wednesday, March 23, at 1:00. No reservation is needed, admission if fee. We hope to see you there! Read more...

Future Of Agriculture Commission Action Plan Report

As with many societal challenges we have all faced in the past two years, the pandemic uncovered vulnerabilities in Vermont’s food system, while at the same time highlighting our capabilities and strengths. In response, Governor Scott appointed a Commission on the Future of Vermont Agriculture to grow our food economy. Take a look at their… Read more...

Tebbetts and Kurrle: Legislature to consider strengthening farm and food systems

When the pandemic arrived on our doorstep, life changed profoundly. Our daily routine was disrupted, from home to school, office to farm. Over the next few weeks, the Vermont Legislature will consider major issues effecting agriculture in Vermont. At the same time, a landslide of federal funding has created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to… Read more...

Working Lands Enterprise Board announces FY 2022 grants

The Working Lands program announces historic funding for those who make their living off the land. The Program has awarded $2.1 in grants that will help grow agriculture and small businesses in Vermont. Read more...

Vermont leads New England in crop production

In 2021 Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) took on new and larger projects to improve wildlife habitat, keep communities safe, and to ensure people will always have access to rivers for swimming, paddling, and fishing. Read more...

Good news for Vermont rivers statewide, from headwaters to downtown

In 2021 Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) took on new and larger projects to improve wildlife habitat, keep communities safe, and to ensure people will always have access to rivers for swimming, paddling, and fishing. Read more...

A new farmer makes the cut on the former Nichols Fodder Farm

Read about the transition of the Nichols Fodder Farm to the new Green Mountain Hay and the hard work, friendship, and trust between David Nichols and Nick Powden that has made it work. Read more...

Entrepreneur Will Raap closes on the sale of Nordic Farms

One of the most ambitious endeavors in Vermont agriculture, the redevelopment of the iconic Nordic Farms on Route 7 in Charlotte, took several defining steps forward this week. Read more...

Cabot, Stonyfield take leadership role in impacting climate change

Vermont Business Magazine, Stonyfield Organic, and Cabot are joining forces alongside the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) and Dairy Farmers of America to place dairy as a leader in forging a circular pathway to decarbonization and climate change mitigation. Read more...

$6 million gift will accelerate the future of farming in Vermont

Vermont Business Magazine The High Meadows Fund, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Land Trust today announced a $6 million leadership gift to diversify farm ownership, accelerate the economic viability of farming, and advance natural climate solutions and ecological health on Vermont farms. Read more...

Charlotte Selectboard Approves New Conservation Project Funding

At their Sept. 13, meeting the town of Charlotte’s Selectboard approved the application from the Charlotte Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust for an expenditure of $50,000 from the Charlotte Conservation Fund to be applied to the funding for the conservation easement acquisition price of a 59-acre parcel of farmland in South East Charlotte. Read more...

VHCB awards $2.54 million to conserve nearly 2,000 acres

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board committed $1,694,200 in state funding and $842,000 in federal funds to protect agricultural and recreational land, forestland, and natural areas. Read more...

Legislative Roundup for Agriculture

Food and Markets 2020 was a year of turbulence, uncertainty and change, with many important societal issues highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has been deeply involved in many of these issues read more about what they have been doing. Read more...

Leahy touts benefits of community forests in Huntington

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Tuesday visited the Huntington Community Forest to coincide with the release of a special report, "Community Forests: A Path to Prosperity and Connection(link is external)” by the Trust for Public Land. The property, immediately adjacent to the Brewster-Pierce Memorial School, is one of many forests in Vermont and… Read more...

The Conspiracy of Goodwill: Gus Seelig and the VHCB

For more than three decades, Gustave “Gus” Seelig has quietly had a hand in more than a billion dollars’ worth of socially responsible Vermont development projects, including the conservation of affordable housing complexes, the preservation of historic buildings and the biggest land conservation project of the last century. Today, in the wake… Read more...

Nordic Farm continues agri-lution under famous red roof

Charlotte’s Nordic Farm is set to realize the future of Vermont agriculture as a multifaceted working landscape. Nordic Farm is focusing on finding new ways for sustainable agriculture to continue on its lands — proven to be vital for both local communities and the natural environment. Read more...

Will Raap Plans to Turn Nordic Farms Into a Grain-Based Ag Hub

Will Raap, the founder of Gardener’s Supply and the Intervale Center, in collaboration with partners, plans to purchase and turn Nordic Farms into a Grain-Based Ag Hub, that showcases Vermont grains, botanicals and beverages on a working farm that produces these goods Read more...

Over $93.5 million dollars is available for local food grants

Vermont Business Magazine - The USDA is now accepting applications for three different grants that support the development, coordination and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises and value-added agricultural products. Over $93.5 million dollars is available in total. Read more...

Vermont Land Trust News

Check out Vermont Land Trust's latest news of recent successes and upcoming events on birding, gardening, and estate planning, and more! Read more...

Hoffer report: Examining Vermont State Spending on the Dairy Industry

Vermont Business Magazine - Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer today released a first-ever comprehensive accounting of Vermont state government’s total annual spending in support of Vermont’s dairy industry. From State fiscal year 2010 to 2019 Read more...

Farmers, food producers to offer virtual behind-the-scenes look at Vermont Agriculture, May 12-13

Vermont Business Magazine #Farm24VT, a a social media celebration of agriculture, food, and dairy in Vermont, is set for May 12 at 5:00 a.m. and will run for a full twenty-four hours. Read more...

Charlotte Land Trust Latest Annual Report

The latest Charlotte Land Trust Annual Report is now available. Read more...