Working lands bill unanimously supported by House Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2012 CONTACTS: Paul Costello – 802-223-5763 / [email protected] Amy Shollenberger – 802-793-1114 / [email protected] Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill Moves Forward House Agriculture Committee Votes Unanimously to Support the Bill MONTPELIER, VT—The Vermont House Agriculture committee gave their unanimous support to the Working Lands Enterprise Investment bill (H.496) Thursday […]

Schubart: Vermont must invest in working farms and forests

Vermont’s working landscape could well be lost within a generation without a plan for investment and stewardship.

Vermont Working Landscape Partnership releases recommendations for reinvigorating state’s rural economy

The Vermont Working Landscape Council developed this plan. Its sixteen members have deep expertise in issues pertaining to farm and forest enterprises and rural development in Vermont. Its report also identifies challenges and opportunities for the working landscape, trends for the future, and goals for the proposed policy changes.

Vt Working Landscape Council to address farm and forest economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2011 CONTACT: Vermont Council on Rural Development 802-223-6091 [email protected] MONTPELIER, VT – Surveys repeatedly show Vermonters want a strong working landscape for all its scenic, cultural, economic, environmental and recreational benefits. However if alarming trends that threaten its economic viability are not reversed, it will vanish within a generation. The […]

Vermont agency leaders join Council on Rural Development board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2011 Contact: Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director 802-223-6091 info@v[email protected] www.vtrural.org MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today that four of Vermont’s new agency secretaries will join its board of directors. Chuck Ross, secretary of the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; Lawrence Miller, secretary […]

Costello: Investment in landscape crucial

We face a quiet crisis that will end the working landscape as we have known it. It’s time to act.

e-Vermont selects 12 communities for digital project

The 2011 e-Vermont communities will be Bridgewater, Calais, Castleton, Dover, Fairfield, Hardwick, Jay/Westfield, Middletown Springs, Moretown, Morristown, Richford, and Vergennes.

Report recommends “action steps” for working landscape

Chuck Ross

The proposals include a “working” lands designation; the formation of an Agriculture and Forest Products Development Corporation; and a tax that would raise $15 million in revenue.

Working landscape summit at State House

A Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape will be held at the Vermont State House on Friday, December 10.

Front Porch Forum expands community hosting

Front Porch Forum (FPF) was created in 2006 in Burlington and now more than 21,000 households subscribe across 50 Vermont towns. Now, thanks to the e-Vermont initiative, FPF’s reach is greatly expanded to more parts of the state.

Costello: Vermont’s working landscape could disappear within a generation

Vermont farm and forest enterprises economically perpetuate the working landscape and serve as foundations for the expansion of foods and wood products for both local use and value-added export in the regional and global economy, but dairy agriculture and the forest products economy are both in jeopardy.

Economically challenged? Agency looks to eliminate funding for prominent “new economy” programs

Rep. Bill Botzow, D-Pownal, chair of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, speaks to reporters at a recent press conference.

Will Patten: Consolidation would reward traditional business supports at the expense of groups like the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

$2.5 million stimulus grant launches e-Vermont: the Community Broadband Project

From: Vermont Council on Rural Development RE: Broadband Stimulus Fund Project Date: March 25, 2010 Contact: Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director 802 249-8051 or 802-223-6091 MONTPELIER, VT – A $2.5 million federal Stimulus Grant from the federal Agency of Commerce, announced today, completes the funding to launch the $3.7 million “e-Vermont Community Broadband Project.” This […]

Allbee: Vt.’s working landscape under stress

A woman farms in Plainfield as her daughter watches on. Photo by Josh Larkin

Dairy farming utilizes the majority of land in Vermont. Since January of this year, some fifty-three Vermont dairy farms have ceased operating.

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