VT Digger: Lawmakers Look to Aid Rural Industries and Economies

May. 9, 2017 by Mike Polhamus Legislators appear poised to adopt a bill that proponents say will give much-needed economic stimulus to Vermont’s rural economies. Titled S.34, the wide-ranging bill seeks to support Vermont’s forestry, agriculture and renewable energy industries through a variety of measures. Versions of the bill passed both the House and Senate, Continue Reading

VT Digger: Agriculture Agency wants farm pollution documents to be secret

May. 9, 2017, 8:59 pm by Mike Polhamus Environmental advocates say farmers who receive public subsidies would be shielded from public oversight under a bill that has the support of the state’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.The legislation, H.495, would exempt farmers’ nutrient management plans from disclosure to the public. The bill has passed Continue Reading

Agriview: Vermont Agency of Agriculture Announces Listening Tour Response Plan

Contact: Alison Kosakowski Director of Communications Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets 802-272-4547 Alison.Kosakowski@vermont.gov Input Gathered at Statewide Tour will help Shape 2017 Agenda Throughout February and March, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets held a Listening Tour to gather feedback and ideas about farming in our state. Over the course of Continue Reading

Fortune Magazine: Inside China’s $43 Billion Bid for Food Security

Geoff Colvin April 21, 2017 The worst famine in human history occurred in China from 1959 to 1961. An estimated 34 million people starved to death. The horrors were beyond imagining—the elderly and disabled left to perish because they couldn’t work; murder and cannibalism within families. Hundreds of millions of Chinese people today, including most Continue Reading