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USDA Rural Development
(802) 828-6034
87 State Street, Suite 324
Montpelier, VT 05601


Name Title Phone
David Robinson
Business and Cooperative Programs Director (802) 828-6031
Susan Poland
(802) 828-6002
Network Groups: Financing
Karen Lynch
Network Groups: Financing
Ken Yearman
Network Groups: Financing, Energy
Ben Doyle
Community and Economic Development Specialist 802-839-9914
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Ben Doyle is a Community Economic Development Specialist for USDA Rural Development. In this role, he works with stakeholders and staff to build community capacity for accessing Rural Development resources. A former high school English teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, Ben lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Network Groups: Financing
Pollaidh Major
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I work as the Public Affairs Specialist for USDA Rural Development in Vermont. Rural Development works with rural communities across the state to help promote economic development through financially supporting business development, community infrastructure and affordable housing. Investing in local food systems is a key focus of Rural Development in Vermont. Growing up on a sheep dairy in Windham County taught me the social and economic opportunities offered by the local food economy.
Elijah Massey
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Works for USDA Rural Development supporting rural communities in Vermont and New Hampshire develop vibrant rural economies and enjoy a high quality of life. USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coordinator for Vermont.


  • Marketing
    • Agriculture and culinary tourism
    • Marketing consultants
  • Business Planning and Technical Assistance
    • Access to capital
    • Feasibility and planning
    • Production / Processing technical assistance
  • Financing Organizations
    • Grants
    • Loans / debt