The VT Agency of Agriculture conducted two required public hearings on the proposed Rules to implement the law governing Vermont’s state Hemp Program. Rural Vermont sent a representative to both meetings, provided testimony and submitted formal comments. Read Rural Vermont’s comments here. The DRAFT Rules will now be edited by VAAFM, based on the comments they received. There will be no further public hearings but Rural Vermont intends to stay in close communication with VAAFM about the final version of the Rules. Once finalized, the Rules must be submitted first to the VT Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) and then to the USDA. The VAAFM is working hard to get the final rules in place in time for this year’s hemp harvest.Read More
We’re working harder than ever to deliver greater equity, transparency, and opportunity to Vermont’s agricultural community, as well as to all those who depend on it for nourishment. We’ve just finished off a successful legislative session, which resulted in meaningful progress, and we’re remaining vigilant as discussions about a possible Payment for Eco-systems Services (PES) model works its way through both the ag community and the Statehouse. We need your support now, and thanks to a generous donor, all gifts will be doubled until we hit our goal of $15,000! Sign up for monthly giving and receive our limited-edition Make America Graze Again print by Erok.Read More
Our legislative process is frequently compared (unkindly) to a “sausage factory” but this year it has produced some savory victories for small-scale farmers. And the key ingredients have been citizen advocacy and collaboration with other organizations. In the course of our four Small Farm Advocacy Day events at the State House over 20 farmers came to testify. In Rural Vermont’s history, we may have never been able to achieve so many meaningful improvements for farmers and our food system in a single legislative session. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! We look forward to continuing to work with you on implementing these new laws and preparing to make more progress next session..Read More
On Monday May 6th, under beautiful, if rare sunshine and blue skies, Rural Vermont was proud to co-host a visit by Dr. Vandana Shiva to the Vermont State House. Rural Vermont joined with Sterling College and many other organizations to sponsor the event which drew a crowd of over two hundred people. Dr. Shiva was in the midst of a Northeast tour promoting her new campaign for “Poison-Free Food and Farming by 2030”. At the State House, Dr. Vandana Shiva said: “For me the poison-free movement is the freedom movement of our times”Read More
Rural Vermont's 2019 Small Farm Advocacy Days provided the chance for dozens of Vermont farmers to share their stories, challenges and concerns with their legislators. Caroline Gordon, RV’s legislative intern, shares a recap of the event here.Read More
Join us and NOFA-VT for the final Small Farm Advocacy Day of the legislative session!Read More
Join acclaimed scientist and author Dr. Vandana Shiva as she presents an international pledge for “Poison Free Food and Farming by 2030’ to state policymakers and advocacy organizations. Policymakers and representatives from allied Vermont organizations will offer their support for poison free food and farming, while citizens sign onto the pledge in the company of Dr. Shiva.Read More
Almost fifty local farmers and eaters alike gathered to listen to and honor the dairy farming community, and to have a conversation about the future of Vermont’s dairy economy. The six-person farmer panel represented many facets of the dairy industry, and widely diverse perspectives on the agricultural backbone of Vermont. Thanks to everyone who joined us!Read More
Join Rural Vermont’s Advocacy Team for a fun and informative opportunity to learn more about the legislative process, participate in committee meetings, meet with your legislators and even provide testimony on issues you care about.Read More
A Dairy Panel Event
Moderated by renowned Agronomist Heather Darby
Free & open to the public
Join us for insightful stories and dynamic conversation as we honor the voices of Vermont’s dairy farming community.Read More
We are lucky to have some big-hearted donors who want to see this campaign hit the ground running, and so they have offered to add $50 to the first 50 donations we receive! Read our pitch for your support and make your donation here.Read More
In October of 2018 Rural Vermont conducted a policy priorities survey of our membership and Vermont’s greater agricultural community. Our goal was to share information about some issues that we expect to be considered during the upcoming legislative biennium. We had an additional goal of seeking guidance from our community on how Rural Vermont should prioritize these issues. Read more here.
In August, Rural Vermont sent a survey to all of Vermont’s registered hemp producers and all the folks in the Rural Vermont database who have identified themselves as interested in hemp. The purpose of the survey was to gather information to help inform Rural Vermont’s strategy for engaging in the upcoming public rule-making process. We expect to have a timeline for the rule-making process by the beginning of 2019. Read some highlights from the Hemp Survey.Read More
Our annual gathering is just around the corner, and this year, we look forward to heading to southern Vermont! Join us at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston for live music, a shared meal, board elections, raffle drawing, social time, and more!
Raffle tickets available online through 11/4 and in person at the Annual Meeting. Need not be present to win. Prizes valued at $100+ donated by Darn Tough, Nutty Steph's, and Fair Winds Farm. Tix $10 for 2 or $20 for 5. BUY RAFFLE TICKETS BEFORE THE MEETING HERE.Read More
For a very limited time, you can purchase raffle tickets that not only support Rural Vermont, but also put you in the running to win your choice of three super special prizes: a $100 gift card to Darn Tough, a goodie bag of chocolates and granola from Nutty Steph's, or a horse-drawn sleigh ride for ten at Fair Winds Farm. Tix $10 for 2 or $20 for 5. Available online HERE through 11/4 and in person at Rural Vermont's Annual Meeting on 11/5Read More
The survey is now closed! Please stay tuned for our findings and recommendations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com OR (802) 223-7222.
Rural Vermont just submitted our official comments to the USDA in response to their draft GMO labeling rules. There is still time to submit yours! They're due July 3rd. Click Read More to view Rural Vermont's comments.
Public comments on the proposed rules should be submitted
by July 3, 2018 via the Federal eRulemaking portal at
Comments may also be filed with the
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543 South,
Washington, DC 20250
Reference: Docket No. AMS-TM-17-0050
Last month, the USDA released its long-awaited draft of the federal GMO labeling rules. Just as we had expected, if implemented as proposed, they will mislead and confuse consumers, while giving industrial ag & food companies plenty of opportunity to hide the truth about their ingredients. Public comment is critical and due July 3rd. More details hereRead More