Policy Priorities  
Legislative Session 2019-2020

Rural Vermont is directly engaged in the legislative process for these issues:



GOAL: Ensure that the implementation of the new Hemp law is fair and economically viable for small-scale producers and supports diversified uses of Hemp.

STRATEGY: Engage stakeholders, esp. small producers and processors, to actively participate in the legislative and public rule-making process.


GOAL: To work with a broad coalition of other groups and individuals, develop proposals for changes in policy that will advance the existing state goal of reducing the use of pesticides.

STRATEGY: Work collaboratively in campaign planning to build a strong and sustainable coalition to pursue agreed upon policy changes; educate and engage citizens, legislators and regulators to support those changes.

On-Farm Slaughter

GOAL: Pass legislation in 2019 to remove the “sunset” date and improve the on-farm slaughter law.

STRATEGY: Work closely with interested/affected RV constituents to educate legislators and provide compelling testimony to support the legislation.

Poultry Foraging & Compost


GOAL: To pass legislation that will codify as a farming the practice incorporating rescued food into on-farm poultry and composting operations without those farms having to obtain a solid waste facility license and develop best management practices to ensure safe and effective operations.

STRATEGY: Work with members of the House and Senate to develop legislation, with input from the Poultry Farmers for Chicken Foraging group (PFCF) and affected constituents and build strong grassroots support.

Rural Vermont’s goal on these issues is to keep our constituents informed and assist them in participating in the legislative process:

Changes to Act 250

SUMMARY: As a result of the report of the Act 250 Commission, the House Natural Resources Committee is developing legislation to make significant changes to Act 250 as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

Changes to Wetland Regulations

 SUMMARY: There have been ongoing conflicts over interpretation of state and federal wetlands regulations. Legislation is being considered to address these conflicts and to create clarity for the regulated community, especially farmers.

Water Quality Funding

SUMMARY: The State of Vermont and the Legislature are continuing to debate how to establish a permanent funding source to support improvements and maintenance of water quality.

Cannabis Regulation

Health Care

SUMMARY: With the legalization in 2018 of the of the possession of marijuana, the State is now tackling the challenge of creating a tax and regulate system for the retail sale of marijuana.

SUMMARY: Since the passage of Act 48 in 2011, Vermont has sought to establish a state funded universal health care plan. The legislature is once again considering legislation to move the State closer to this goal as well as making improvements to the current system.