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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

vermontagriculture.com
(802) 828-2430
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

People

Name Title Phone
Louise Waterman
802-828-6900
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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Network Groups: Labor, Production and Processing
Laura DiPietro
ARM Deputy Director (802) 828-1289
Sylvia Jensen
Land Use Planner (802) 828-5435
Rob Achilles
Agricultural Engineer (802) 828-6510
Dan Scruton
Dairy and Energy Chief (802) 828-2433
Diane Bothfeld
(802) 828-1619
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Work at Agency of Agriculture
Network Groups: Production and Processing
Michael Middleman
Water Quality Partner Liaison (802) 828-5362
Alexander DePillis
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Alex is the energy specialist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Christopher Batson
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Administrative Assistant, Division of Agricultural Development, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Faith Raymond
802-828-1619
Kristin Haas
Network Groups: Production and Processing
Lauren Masseria
Kristina Sweet
Produce Program Manager (802) 522-7811
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Kristina Sweet is the Produce Program Manager at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, where she works with local, regional, and national stakeholders on the development of state produce safety programs and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Her favorite apple is the Macoun.
Stephanie Smith
802-828-1732
Abbey Willard
(802) 272-2885
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I actively participate in the Aggregation and Distribution Working Group, Food Access Crosscutting Team, and Farm to Institution Task Force. My position attends to the following aspects related to strengthening VT's food system: farm to institution program development, support for farmers' markets and CSAs, food access issues including EBT at farmers' markets, increasing local food in state government, food hub liaison, and management of the GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) and local food market development matching grant programs.
Alissa Matthews
802-505-1661
Anson Tebbetts
Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets
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State of Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
Network Groups: Steering Committee
Dominique Giroux
(802) 522-3132
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Dominique Giroux is the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Produce Program at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. She manages the Produce Safety Improvement Grant program and coordinates the development of educational materials to help produce farms transition to FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance, access markets, and grow produce safety as part of the farm culture. Dominique coordinates regional collaboration efforts to support the consistency of state produce programs and values the partnership among produce farms, educators, stakeholders and state and federal agencies who, in working together, support and strengthen the produce industry.
Lynn Ellen Schimoler
802-622-4477
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Lynn Ellen Schimoler is the Senior Agricultural Business Development Program Manager for the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Schimoler has worked in the Natural Foods Industry for over 20 years. Her experience includes working for independently owned markets in CA,NH and VT, collaborating with the National Cooperatives Grocers to develop retail Co-ops around the US, and working as Director of Purchasing and Merchandising for City Market/Onion River Co-op.Schimoler has expertise in project management, store operations, product development, and human resources. Schimoler has been featured in Natural Foods Merchandiser and Edible Green Mountains, and as a guest speaker at numerous conferences, including Penton Media group's EXPO East. Schimoler has a BA in Dance from Bennington College, and is a part-time Dance Lecturer at the University of Vermont.
Michael DiTomasso
(802) 505-3726
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Mike is an agricultural production specialist focused on produce safety. He conducts produce safety inspections under the produce safety rule, and works on CAP audits and the development / implementation of the rule. His experience has been working on multiple diverse vegetable operations around the northeast and in Oregon, and working as an agricultural educator. He has also worked in wholesale and retail produce, and on vineyards.
Kathryn Donovan
802-585-4571
Laura Ginsburg
(802) 522-2252
Gina Clithero
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Gina works as an Agriculture Development Specialist at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. Gina grew up in central Vermont and recently graduated from the University of Vermont, where she was involved in the UVM Real Food Working Group, a multi-stakeholder group of students, staff, faculty, and dining services that worked to increase UVM's procurement of local, organic, humane, and fair food. She currently manages the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program and the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Network Groups: Production and Processing

Categories

  • Marketing
    • Agriculture and culinary tourism
    • Food system media
    • Marketing consultants
    • Support organization: Marketing
  • Farm Inputs
    • Regulatory authority
    • Support organization: Farm Inputs
  • Food Production
    • Support organization: Food Production
  • Food Processing or Manufacturing
    • Support organization: Food Processing or Manufacturing
  • Food Distribution or Storage
    • Support organization: Food Distribution or Storage
  • Retail Food Outlets
    • Support organization: Retail Food Outlets
  • Nutrient Management
    • Support organization: Nutrient Management
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition
  • Education
    • General food system education
    • Farm to School programs
  • Business Planning and Technical Assistance
    • Access to capital
    • Feasibility and planning
    • Infrastructure
    • Marketing
    • Packaging and safety
    • Production / Processing technical assistance
    • Regulations and permits
  • Financing Organizations
    • Grants
    • Loans / debt
  • Energy
    • Support organization: Energy
  • Regulations and Public Policy
    • Regulatory authority

Location


The Vermont Produce Program

Turning Regulation into Opportunity

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