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USDA Releases Standard Indicators and Laboratory Procedures to Assess Soil Health for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health. These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory methods in the Federal Register for public review and comment. NRCS is accepting comments on this Technical Note through December 13, 2018.

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NRCS Announces October 19 EQIP Signup Deadline for 2019 Funding

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that farmers are encouraged to apply by October 19, 2018, to receive assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The October signup will focus on assistance with seasonal high tunnels, development of conservation activity plans, and for EQIP-focused projects funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

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VT Community Loan Fund Lends $1,481,500 in Q2 2018

SPROUTing New Opportunities with Vermont Chevon: The Vermont Community Loan Fund's SPROUT Fund, a deferred-payment, lower-interest loan program specifically designed for start-up and early stage food and farms enterprises, helps this processor and distributor of nutritious goat meat to expand her business.

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Scholarships Available for Food Loves Tech Expo in NYC

Farmers, chefs, food producers and others working in Vermont agriculture are invited to apply to the third round of Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) Conference Scholarship Program grants. This round of funding supports participation in the Food Loves Tech expo, including access to all panel discussions and “The Future of the Cocktail” opening reception. The expo takes place November 2nd & 3rd in New York City.

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Health Care Without Harm releases "Why Buy Local?" resource for institutions.

Health Care Without Harm has released a position statement to help hospitals and other institutions understand the benefits of purchasing local food to their business, the health of their communities, and the local economy. The health care sector can increase access to healthy, fresh foods while addressing the social and environmental determinants of health in their communities, by creating jobs and contributing to a strong and equitable food economy.

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Kayhart Family Hosts 2,000 for Breakfast, Dairy Farm Tour

On Saturday, July 28th, more than 2,000 people came to Kayhart Brothers Dairy Farm for a day of excitement, delicious food, and education. It was Vermont Breakfast on the Farm hosted by the Kayhart Family. The free, public event included a pancake breakfast and self-guided tour of the dairy farm. Visitors experienced the life and business of modern dairy farming in the Green Mountain State, led by families like the Kayharts – working to produce a wholesome product for a growing world.

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Technical Assistance and Training Available to Vermont’s Composters

2018 Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training will be held this fall.

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Vermont Cheesemakers Win Best of Show at American Cheese Society Competition

Winners Announced on July 27 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 2018 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 36 ribbons, including Best of Show for Harbison and a second-place Best of Show finish for Calderwood, both produced by Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

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Slow Money Vermont Announces Opening of Entrepreneur Showcase Application

Calling All Food, Farm & Forestry Entrepreneurs! Apply NOW to present at the Slow Money Vermont Entrepreneur Showcase on December 5, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the River Garden in Brattleboro.

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Scholarships Available for Oct. 3rd Food Tank Summit in NYC

Vermont Fresh Network selects Food Loss & Food Waste event in NYC for their second round of conference program scholarships

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