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Acres USA: Escaping Biotech’s Grip

Why some farmers are avoiding GM feed crops Featuring Rural Vermont Executive Director Andrea Stander April 2014 By Tracy Frisch Read the PDF here.

Politico: Raw politics drive milk wars

Got raw milk? By TARINI PARTI | 3/29/14 3:12 PM EDT Full Article Although not a campaign slogan just yet, a bipartisan coalition of House members is pushing for the overturn of a decades-old ban on the interstate sale of raw milk. A controversial topic within the food industry, it has slowly evolved into a Continue Reading

Seven Days: Farmers need seeds to cultivate hemp crop

By Kathryn Flagg 4/9/14 Full article Last year, activists pushing for the legal cultivation of hemp scored a big victory in Vermont: In June, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that legalizes the cultivation of cannabis sativa, a relative of marijuana that proponents say could be a lucrative value-added crop for Vermont farmers. Continue Reading

04/04 Alert: Things are Adding Up

In this Update:
Message from the Director, Andrea Stander
Milking Time
Other News from Under the Golden Dome
Hemp Happening Success

Raw Milk Advocates are Being Heard

  The House Agriculture and Forest Products Committee began taking testimony on Rural Vermont’s proposed improvements to the Raw Milk Law on Wednesday 4/2/14. This Thursday, 4/10, the Committee will hear more testimony. Rural Vermont is organizing producers, customers, health professionals and scientists to testify in support of our recommendations – you can see them Continue Reading

Judiciary Committee Votes 5-0 to move H.112 Forward

04/10: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to move H.112 forward. The bill would put labels on GMO foods starting July 1st, 2016. The bill will be moving on to the Appropriations Committee next week and then hopefully to the Senate Floor. The Appropriations Committee will look at how to create a fund for individuals Continue Reading

Annual Celebration Special Contributions

We’ve got the guts. We’ve got the experience. We just need you! In anticipation of Rural Vermont’s 30 year anniversary in 2015, we are launching a campaign to boost capacity and membership by this time next year. Our goals are to raise an additional $60,000 and add 250 members to our network. We are so Continue Reading

WPTZ: Vermont program recycles farm plastics for free

Farmers generate 500 tons of plastic annually Mar 23, 2014 Full Article MONTPELIER, Vt. —A new pilot program in Vermont will allow farmers to recycle the plastics they accumulate for free. Vermont dairy farms generate about 500 tons of plastic annually from the wrap around their hay bales, feed bunk covers and other uses, but Continue Reading