Vermont Agency of Agriculture

State fines Vermont slaughterhouse

Animal rights group calls for a probe into alleged ‘deceptive business practices’ at Vermont Packinghouse.  

Share the road with farmers: tips for motorists

News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets June 15, 2017 Contact: Alison Kosakowski 802-272-4547 [email protected] Be alert. Be patient. Be kind. That’s the message state officials are sending to Vermont drivers this season, as farmers return to the roads with tractors and heavy equipment. The Agencies of Agriculture, Transportation, and Department of […]

Auction block nearing for Milky Way Farm’s cows

The family operation in Ira has struggled with debt. “Until the day that the auctioneer arrives,” Mary Saceric-Clark said last week, “we’re going to continue to fight.”

Alarms raised about herbicide runoff as planting season nears

Atrazine has been found in streams at many times the levels that kill aquatic plants, a study says. The Agency of Agriculture calls the risk overblown and says farmers use atrazine properly.

Fate of Vermont agriculture in Washington weighs heavy

Farmers and members of the congressional delegation look to limit the damage when it comes to immigrant labor, federal grant funding, dairy price protections and more.

Farm to fundraising: Family fights to keep dairy operation

After hanging on through four years of bankruptcy proceedings and the loss of the family patriarch, the operators of a tiny Ira farm aren’t ready to give up yet. But their options are dwindling.

Vermont’s Winter Manure Spreading Ban Begins Dec. 15th

News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Dec. 15, 2016 Contact: Ryan Patch Sr. Ag Development Coordinator Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 802-272-0323 [email protected] Agency of Ag Reminds Farmers of New Manure Stacking Requirements The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets’ (VAAFM) newly effective Required Agricultural Practices Rule will […]

Breakfast on the Farm Gives Public Free Taste of Farm Life

News Release — New England Dairy Promotion Board June 27, 2016 Media Contact: Laura Hardie New England Dairy Promotion Board (802) 863-5416 (office) [email protected] Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh Draws Big Crowds for Farm Tours, Food, Fun Ferrisburgh, VT – The Vander Wey family of Nea-Tocht Farm believe in showing their community what farmers do to […]

Report: Herbicide, chemical fertilizer use doubled on Vermont dairy farms in a decade

Regeneration Vermont, a pro-organic advocacy group, says Monsanto and other companies promised farmers higher yields with fewer chemicals.

In reversal, state tightens rules on farmers to protect lake

Agency officials say the rules will force farmers in the Missisquoi Bay watershed to better manage manure to prevent runoff that has been tied to phosphorus pollution and toxic blue-green algae blooms in Lake Champlain.

Pig farmer reaches settlement on illegal import charges

Greg Finch admitted illegally importing pigs into Vermont, effectively reducing his fines by $14,800.

Feds discuss new food safety rules in Brattleboro

The new law is designed to curb food-borne illness, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says affects one in six people in the United States – about 48 million people – annually. The law shifts “the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it.”

Vermont Agency of Agriculture hosts FDA for meeting on food safety rules

News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture Nov. 17, 2015 Contact: Kristina Sweet Produce Safety Coordinator [email protected] (802) 522-7811 EVENT: Vermont Agency of Agriculture Hosts FDA for December Meeting on Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules DATE: Monday, December 14, 2015 TIME: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM LOCATION: Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT […]

Administration begins action on water quality

New regulations for farming practices is a centerpiece of the bill. The industry accounts for about 40 percent of phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, according to EPA estimates.