‘This state needs more from all of us than it’s ever needed,’ the Rural Development Caucus was told Wednesday at the Statehouse.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has created a new matching grant program to help agriculture and forest product businesses attend domestic trade shows and expand their presence in other U.S. states.
Vermont Switchel Company was one of the recipients of the first round of Working Lands Enterprise grants, and that grant has made a big difference for our company.
Vermonters have always known that our working landscape is our greatest asset. It drives our economy, brings tourists from away, and sustains the wonderful environment where we live, work and play.
Editor’s note: This article is by Robin Smith of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published April 21, 2014. Grants announced Thursday will help agricultural and forest producers, including the expansion of a cheese-aging cave in Albany and a beer cannery in Newport Center. These enterprise grants are among $300,000 in matching funds […]
News Release — Working Lands Enterprise Board Oct. 16, 2013 The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the availability of $40,000 in grant funds for investment into VT poultry processing projects. Applications received must be for the construction of a mobile or fixed, commercially inspected (state or federal) poultry slaughter and/or processing facility. With strong justification, […]
Governor Peter Shumlin, Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and the Working Lands Enterprise Board will announce the 1st round of grant recipients from the “Enterprise Investment Area” of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund on Thursday May 2nd at 10am in Room 11 at the State House in Montpelier.
As president of the Vermont Law School, I see how important Vermont’s working landscape is to the state and to her people, as well as to students who come here “from away” and have their lives changed because of the place they choose to study law.
Appropriations chair Martha Heath said the House proposal restrains spending and sets aside $7.7 million in reserves as a hedge against federal sequestration cuts.
The Working Lands Enterprise Board has already received 378 applications from all around the state totaling nearly $12 million for the $1 million it has available.
The working landscape is a promising sector of our economy, and we need a concentrated effort, focused on ensuring that we as a state are doing all we can to ensure its success.
For Vermonters and visitors alike, our working lands are essential to “the profound sense of well being” that defines our home.
This was a remarkable year in the Legislature for Vermont’s environmental and natural resources.