VAAFM News Release: Secretary of Agriculture Issues Revised Decision Regarding Farm Best Management Practices In Missisquoi Bay Basin

Helps to Implement Vermont’s New Water Quality Law, Ends Conservation Law Foundation Lawsuit 2/4/2016 Contact: Jim Leland Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets 802-828-3478 Jim.Leland@vermont.gov Today, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, issued his revised decision regarding the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) petition to require mandatory Best Management Practices (BMPs) for farms in the Continue Reading

VT Digger: Swarm of arguments greets pesticide ban proposal

Feb. 3, 2016 by Mike Polhamus Full Article Vermont beekeepers and environmental advocates say it’s time to ban a class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, but farmers say the chemicals are important for a number of crops, such as the roughly 1 million acres of corn Vermonters grow. The chemicals have been implicated in dramatic bee Continue Reading

VT Digger: In reversal, state tightens rules on farmers to protect lake

Feb. 3, 2016 By Mike Polhamus Full Article Small farmers will face additional scrutiny of their operations based on new rules released Wednesday for protecting the Missisquoi Bay’s watershed. Chuck Ross, the secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, issued a revised decision requiring farmers to follow what are known as best management Continue Reading

VPR Cafe: Vermont Farmers Collaborate To Make Yogurt

Ric Cengeri & Liam Connors Jan 23, 2016 Full Article & Audio Nate and Jessie Rogers had a cow problem. The owners of Rogers Farmstead in Berlin brought the cows onto their farm to help keep the land healthy, but they didn’t know what to do with all the milk. The couple decided to start Continue Reading

Agri-Pulse: Sanders, five Dem colleagues question GMA on SmartLabel initiative

By Stephen Davies 1/22/16 Full Article WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2016 – Six senators have asked the Grocery Manufacturers Association to explain how shoppers without smartphones will be able to use the so-called SmartLabel initiative GMA has proposed to get information about the food they’re buying. Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy from Connecticut, Edward Markey Continue Reading

VAAFM News Release: Farmers and public feedback will shape Agency of Ag’s new draft ‘Required Ag Practices’

Jan. 21, 2016 News Release — Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets Contact: Ryan Patch Ag Development Coordinator, Ag Resource Management Ryan.Patch@vermont.gov 802-272-0323 Over the past four months, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has embarked on an extensive outreach effort to solicit feedback on the new draft Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs). Continue Reading

“Feeling The Bern” with Locally-Made Hot Sauce at the Skinny Pancake

1/14/16 By Alex Epstein Full Article Burlington, VT – For a restaurant that sources over 70% of its ingredients locally, according to their latest local food audit, perhaps it’s no surprise the Skinny Pancake recently started making their own locally-sourced hot sauce to go alongside their mouth-watering crêpes, paninis, sides, and more… ​With a combination of Continue Reading

Marketplace: Why Campbell changed its mind on GMO labeling

by Mark Garrison Monday, January 11, 2016 Full Article Campbell Soup Co. now backs mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients, the first major American food-manufacturer to do so. The maker of products including soups, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces says that if the federal government doesn’t put a national standard in place, it will Continue Reading