PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Robb Kidd
January 18, 2013 802-223-7222 or email@example.com
Rural Vermont is hosting a series including several regional raw
milk meetings to help raw milk producers prepare for inspection by the
Vermont Agency of Agriculture. The meetings will also be an opportunity
for producers to voice their opinions about ways in which the raw milk law
could be improved, and to network with other raw dairy farmers. These meetings are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Bob White Systems, Organic Pastures, and the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Rural Vermont has been informed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s
Dairy Section and Animal Health Division that they will be resuming
inspections of farms selling raw milk direct to consumers. The agency’s
stated purpose is “to ensure that they are in compliance with the statutes
enacted several years ago” when the Raw Milk Law (Act 62) was passed in
The first meeting will be held in Hinesburg from 11am – 3pm on Thursday,
January 31. Rural Vermont members attend at no charge and there is a $5
fee for everyone else. For exact location, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (802) 223-7222. Subsequent and similar meetings will be held on
February 7th in Randolph Center, February 21st in South Wheelock (NEK), March 13th in Poultney (Rutland County), and March 23rd in Townshend.
UPDATE 3/4/13: At the first three raw milk meetings, over 30 raw milk producers gathered for updates on the Agency of Ag’s inspection plans, to get the info they need to be prepared for inspection, and to have a meaningful conversation about the barriers that make it impossible or impractical to comply with the current raw milk law. There are just TWO milk meetings to go – don’t miss the chance the voice your opinion and network with other raw milk producers.
In conjunction with hosting raw milk meetings, Rural Vermont is also
surveying Vermont’s raw milk producers to develop the 2012-2013 Raw
Milk Report to the Vermont Legislature. The survey includes questions
about 2012 raw milk sales and other issues related to the sale of raw milk.
In order to provide a complete and accurate picture of Vermont’s raw milk
market, Rural Vermont is seeking input from all farmers who have sold or
bartered any quantity of raw milk in 2012. All identifying information will
remain confidential. The Raw Milk Survey is available at
www.ruralvermont.org, or farmers can request a copy from Robb at (802)
223-7222 or email@example.com.
UPDATE 3/4/13: The deadline for submitting raw milk surveys has passed, and the Rural Vermont staff is busy analyzing the info collected from close to 100 raw milk producers. The results will be reported to the legislature after the Town Meeting Day break. Stay tuned!
Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985
that advocates, activates, and educates for living soils, thriving farms, and
healthy communities. As the lead advocate in advancing farmers legal rights
to sell raw milk, Rural Vermont seeks to engage Vermont farmers and policy
leaders to improve current raw milk regulations. For more info or to be
added to the mailing list, call (802) 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.