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Agency of Agriculture Issues Flood Precautions to Farmers and Pet Owners

The National Weather Service indicates some areas of Vermont may experience flooding in the next 24-48 hours. With this information in mind, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) urges farmers and pet-owners to prepare now for flooding and potential power outages associated with the upcoming heavy rains. Please monitor local weather reports for more information about how the weather will impact your area.

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Vermont Meat Processing Task Force Featured as Case Study in USDA-ERS Meat Processing Report

Vermont's F2P Meat Processing Task Force is featured as a case study in a recent report published by USDA-ERS on establishing the long term viability of local meat and poultry processing.

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Vermont Working Lands Initiative Awards Final 16 Grants, Worth $750,000

Governor Peter Shumlin, Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Chuck Ross, Commerce & Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller, Forests, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and the Working Lands Enterprise Board announced the final grant recipients from the Service Provider and Capital and Infrastructure areas of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, awarding more than $750,000 to 16 grantees representing sectors across agriculture, forestry and forest products.

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Food Chain Workers and Their Working Conditions in VT

New report sheds light on the many issues faced by food system workers in Vermont.

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Flex Fund Borrowers Featured on Mark Johnson Show

Are you interested in "slow money" or royalty financing for your food system business? The Mark Johnson Show featured 4 Flexible Capital Fund borrowers describing their experiences.

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Robot Milkers!

Inside the barn at Farr Farm in Richmond, dairy cows with full udders line up to be milked throughout the day and night, but there’s nobody there to milk them.

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Hemp Law May Give Farmers New Opportunities

Vermont lawmakers last month gave final approval to a bill that would legalize the cultivation of hemp.

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New Burlington Free Press Article on GMOs

"From Maine to Washington, a growing number of states are taking on the issue of genetically engineered foods, fanning the flames of a decades-old debate about whether these organisms — often called GMOs — are dangerous to human health."

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New York On Farm Cooling Grant - June 14 Deadline

On Farm Cooling Grant available - Cornell Cooperative Extension is once again making farmers aware of a NYS grant for building a cooling space on their farm. Enough grant funds have been obtained to fund up to 60 farms with a 50/50 match program up to $3000. Deadline June 14.

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Food Safety Grants for Ag-Infrastructure Businesses

The Vermont Farm Viability Program is holding its 4th round of grant funding for agricultural infrastructure businesses since 2009. This funding is specifically geared towards businesses processing, storing, aggregating, or distributing local food that need capital for food safety improvements.

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