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03/10 Update: We’re On the Road!

In the Update:
Rural Vermont Events – A Benefit Bake, A Hemp Happening
GMO Road Show
Save the Date-May 15, 2014
FYI: Educational Events
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03/03/14 GMO Policy Update

Leaders of the VT Right to Know Coalition give video update on VT’s GMO Labeling bill and what it will take to pass the bill this year – you can help!

02/21 American Flatbread Hosts a Benefit Bake for Rural Vermont

On Monday, March 10th, American Flatbread will host a Benefit Bake on behalf of Rural Vermont, a nonprofit farmer advocacy organization located in Montpelier, VT.  On this evening, American Flatbread will graciously donate a portion of all flatbread sales (eat-in & take-out) to Rural Vermont. The proceeds will support Rural Vermont’s advocacy work to build Continue Reading

WPTZ: Vt. Senate committee weighing GMO labeling bill

Ben & Jerry’s and other food producers called on lawmakers to pass a strong labeling bill By Jack Thurston 2/22/14 Full Article MONTPELIER, Vt. —A group of companies from Vermont’s food industry called on the Vt. State Senate Wednesday to pass legislation requiring food labels that will let people know if they’re eating genetically-modified organisms Continue Reading

03/04 Town Meeting Update

In this Update:
Message from the Director, Andrea Stander
Issue Updates: Raw Milk Moves, GMO Labeling Hits the Road and More
Rural Vermont Events – A Benefit Bake, A Hemp Happening

VPR: With Vt. Meat Industry Booming, Ag Agency Looks To Add Inspectors

2/18/14 By Angela Evancie Full Article Vermont’s slaughter and meat processing industry is booming, and meat inspectors at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets can’t keep up. That’s according to Diane Bothfeld, deputy secretary at the Agency, who told participants at a policy roundtable at the Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association of Vermont (NOFA) winter Continue Reading

VPR: New Farm Bill Boosts Hemp Cultivation In Vermont

By Bob Kinzel February 21, 2014 Tucked away in the thousands of pages of the Farm Bill is a provision that affects the 11 states that have legalized the growing of hemp. Vermont is part of this group. Full Article & Audio Vermont’s law was passed last year, but the ongoing opposition of the federal Continue Reading

Seven Days Letter to the Editor: Milk Myths

By John Ahern 2/19/14 Full LTE Thank you for publishing “Raw Deal? Farmers Push Back Against Unpasteurized Milk Regulations” [January 29]. The article underscores the ongoing lack of evidence informing the dialogue between well-meaning dairy farmers, consumers and the regulators. The pronouncements of Erica Berl provide good evidence of the ignorance regarding raw milk and its Continue Reading

Newport Dispatch: Got Raw Milk? It’s Around But Intentionally Hard to Get

February 6, 2014 By Bryan Marovich Full Article CRAFTSBURY — For hundreds of years raw milk has been a part of Vermont’s agricultural tradition. It’s recognized for its health, economic, and environmental benefits. “My milk is produced for human consumption, not pasteurization,” Frank Huard, of Huard Family Farm in Craftsbury said. The majority of milk Continue Reading