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House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

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Room 31

January 10, 2017 - January 13, 2017

Last Updated 1/12/2017 8:10 AM

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10:00 AM House Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor Farm taxes

Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Kirby Keaton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fairs & Field Days Association

 

11:30 AM SARL meeting review

 

12:00 PM Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM Farm taxes

Committee discussion

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

9:00 AM Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Introduction

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

10:15 AM Break

 

10:30 AM Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Introductions

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Marcey Hodgdon, Business Manager, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Dr. Kristin Haas, Director, Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

1:00 PM House Floor Convenes

 

1:30 PM Decorum Training

House chamber

 

2:30 PM Introductions

Legislative Legal Staff

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Marie Horbar, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:45 PM Introductions

Rural Vermont

Andrea Stander, Executive Director, Rural Vermont

Graham Unangst-Rufehacht, Former Chair, Rural Vermont

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

9:00 AM Meat Inspection

 

Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

10:15 AM Break

 

10:30 AM Introductions

Farm Finance providers in Vermont

Jo Bradley, Director, Vermont Economic Development Authority

Vicky Drew, State Conservationist

Brenda Frank, President and CEO, Yankee Farm Credit

David Lane, Senior Vice President, Yankee Farm Credit

Cheryl Ducharme, Business Program Director, USDA Rural Development

 

1:00 PM House Floor Convenes

 

15  minutes after Floor Introductions

Vermont Maple Industry

Henry Marckres, Chief of Consumer Protection, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

2:00 PM iPad Training

 

3:00 PM Introductions

Salvation Farms

Theresa Snow, Director, Salvation Farms

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

9:30 AM House Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor Introductions

Dairy Update

Leon Berthiaume, General Manager, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery

Kiersten Bourgeois, Business Development and Communications Manager, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery

 

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