Production and Processing

Activities

Farm Viability Indicators Task Force Annual Update

The Farm Viability Indicators Task Force is committed to executing and communicating financial analysis projects that describe valuable benchmarks for agricultural sectors in Vermont. The task force meets to coordinate rigorous and transparent project methods and to identify priority target sectors.

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Production & Processing Working Group Chair Update

Two years ago, the Production and Processing Working Group changed the focus of its meetings from high level discussions that impacted all of agriculture to conversations about challenges and opportunities for specific commodities. These more sharply defined meetings have allowed for shared conversations with producers, technical assistance providers, and funders to look at opportunities that will increase the viability and profitability of Vermont farms.

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Wholesale Vegetable Production and Hemp

Farm to Plate’s Production and Processing Working Group (WG) has been focused on a number of different commodities in their discussions over the past year. This has allowed the WG to look at the opportunities and challenges for different groups of producers, processors and markets, and to plan specific meetings to brainstorm positive directions that can be taken that fall in our realm of influence. Some examples are the establishment of a Vermont Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Coordinator position, a Ranching for Profit week-long school this past winter for livestock producers and the beginnings of a feasibility study to look more deeply at markets for locally grown grains. Their next meeting in July will focus on the challenges for two markets - the regional wholesale vegetable market and the burgeoning hemp market. Vern Grubinger will bring his expertise with the vegetable and berry growing community and Stephanie Smith from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture address hemp.

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Vermont Farmers Graduate from Livestock Profitability School

In February 2019, 14 Vermont farmers graduated from the leading livestock profitability school, Ranching for Profit School (RFP), held in Burlington, Vermont.

Forty-three farmers and ranchers from Vermont, 12 states across the U.S., Canada and Australia examined their business, were challenged to examine practices they currently employ and explored new ideas to increase the profitability, productivity, and sustainability of their farming operations.

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Gathering the Herd: Vermont Meat Processing Case Study

Gathering the Herd captures lessons learned over a three year period from by the Farm to Plate Meat Processing Task Force through interviews conducted by Carrie Abels with members of the Task Force and industry leaders.

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February Production and Processing Working Group Meeting

Evaluating progress and activity from the past year as we look ahead to 2017

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June: Shared P&P and FAS Working Group Meeting on Farm Succession

What can our groups partner on to move farm transition and succession forward?

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March Production and Processing Working Group Meeting

Prioritizing indicators and examining opportunities, challenges and vulnerabilities for future attention.

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January Production and Processing Working Group Meeting

Exploring Shared Marketing Configurations

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Production & Processing Themes at the F2P Network Gathering

Scaling Up and Farm Viability were major themes, along with soil health.

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