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Saffron Workshop: Perfecting Production and Market Opportunities

The North American Center for Saffron Research and Development at the University of Vermont (UVM) is hosting the 4th annual workshop on Saffron production and marketing on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Burlington, VT.

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Local Food Market Development Grant Program Now Open

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is now accepting applications for the 2020 LFMD grant program. Up to $30,000 is available to fund proposals that will help increase the amount of Vermont agricultural products being sold to institutional and local wholesale markets.

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Counting Local Food Consumption: Lessons from Vermont

With interest growing in local food systems as a community development tool, scholars and practitioners are looking for methods to count progress toward benchmarks. A new article, Counting Local Food Consumption: Longitudinal Data and Lessons from Vermont, released by the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) reports on efforts to count local food consumption as part of Vermont’s statewide strategic plan for food systems development.

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Register for the 21 Day racial equity challenge

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is coming back for its sixth year and "early registration" is open now. There is no cost to participate in this robust program that draws more than 4,000 participants from across the U.S.

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Amplify Grant Funds Early Childhood Educators to Attend Food Connects Farm to School Conference

A recent partnership between Food Connects and RiseVT, the primary prevention program of OneCare Vermont, increases accessibility for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) to attend the upcoming Food Connects Farm to School Conference. Funding through RiseVT’s Amplify Grant has made it possible for 15 ECEs to attend Food Connects’ Conference on April 8 at no cost.

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Local Planning for Food Access Toolkit Provides Free Planning Resources for Vermont Communities

Everyone needs to eat. Simple, right? Food, a basic necessity, seems so straightforward, but for many Vermonters, getting affordable and nutritious food can be difficult. From children to older Vermonters, the difficulties in getting enough food that is affordable and nutritious are many. The Vermont Farm to Plate Network recently launched a Local Planning for Food Access Toolkit.

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Sunsoil Provides Scholarships for Sustainable Agriculture Students at Sterling College

The Hardwick-based company is offering $10,000 in scholarships to Vermont students studying sustainable agriculture at Sterling College, Vermont’s higher education leader in ecological thinking and action.

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Glass is Half Full: Half of Milk Category Showing Strong Growth

At first glance plant-based beverages seem to be taking over the dairy case and sales from milk. Yet, that isn’t the full picture said Adam Landau, Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnerships at Dairy Management, Inc (DMI). Landau spoke with over 200 dairy farmers and industry members about fluid milk sales and innovation at the Dairy Farmer Appreciation Banquet at the Vermont Farm Show on Thursday January 23, in partnership with local dairy check-off organization, New England Dairy.

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New Guide from Vermont Law School Helps Plant Breeders Preserve Biodiversity

Strategy prevents unwanted patents by putting genetic resources in the public domain.

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Award for Vermont Farmers

A great opportunity for Vermont farmers. The Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award gives $5,000 to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies the values of land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneurial farming. Applications will be accepted till June 30, and the winner announced in the fall!

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