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Defending VT’s GMO Labeling Law

On July 21, 2014 The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS), jointly represented by counsel from the Vermont Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School and CFS, formally moved to defend Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law, Act 120.

The groups filed legal papers to intervene on behalf of the State of Vermont in order to assist in defending Act 120 from a legal challenge brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other food industry trade associations. GMA, which represents the country’s largest food manufacturers, sued Vermont just over a month after the law was signed.

The lawsuit filed by the GMO et. al. seeks to have Vermont’s first in the nation, no strings attached, labeling law struck down.

Rural Vermont, which, with VPIRG, NOFGA-VT and Cedar Circle Farm, led the VT Right to Know GMOs Coalition will likely file an amicus or “friend of the court” brief if VPIRG and CFS are successful in obtaining intervenor status.

Read the press release here. Read a recent article from the Times Argus here.

It’s official! It is now legal for farmers to deliver raw milk to customers at the farmers’ market!

milk in coolerThis exciting, albeit modest, improvement to Vermont’s raw milk law was signed into law by Governor Shumlin in late May, and went into effect on July 1st, 2014. This change will allow Tier 2 raw dairy producers to expand their customer base by offering delivery to farmers’ markets for customers who have come out to the farm to make their initial purchase. It also enables current raw milk customers to skip the weekly trek to the farm and instead pick up their milk at the farmers’ market.

Raw milk enthusiasts gather ’round the picnic table at Family Cow Farmstand.

This change creates opportunity, access, and convenience! What better reason to celebrate?!
Rural Vermont will be partnering with farmer members to host several Raw Milk Celebrations through the summer and into the fall.

The first “Open Barn” was held at Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg on Thursday, July 17th. About 60 folks gathered to celebrate the change in the raw milk law, and enjoy live music by Brit Kusserow, the good company of friends and neighbors, and Kalyn Campbell’s homemade raw milk ice cream!

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Raw milk ice cream – yum!

More raw milk celebrations to be announced soon … Stay tuned and check back often!

[ If you're a farmer with an interest in delivery, or with plans to deliver to your local farmers' market, let us know! Email ]

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Governor Signs Raw Milk Bill!

It’s official! S.70 was signed into law and will take effect July 1, 2014. This new law, Act 149,  offers modest improvements to the raw milk law, including the option for Tier 2 producers to deliver raw milk to farmers’ markets! In order for farmers to take advantage of this opportunity, they must be following all the previously established rules governing raw milk sales, plus these additional requirements:

  • Farmer must inform the Agency of Agriculture which farmers markets (and times) milk will be delivered to;
  • Customers must visit the farm, be offered a tour, and make a milk purchase;
  • Customers must pre-pay for milk that will be delivered to the farmers’ market, either with a one-time purchase or subscription;
  • Farmer must be a vendor at the farmers’ market s/he is delivering to;
  • Milk must be transported and stored at or below 40 degrees; and
  • Farmer must display proof of Tier 2 registration at market booth

More info about the law can be found here. If you have additional questions or you’re considering milk delivery to your local farmers’ market, please let us know. Email or call (802) 223-7222.