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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
(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.


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Louise Waterman
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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
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
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
Anson Tebbetts
Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets
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State of Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
Network Groups: Steering Committee
Lynn Ellen Schimoler
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Lynn Ellen Schimoler manages 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, working for markets on both coasts. Schimoler has collaborated with the National Cooperatives Grocers to develop retail co-ops in New England, and before coming to the agency, was 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. Schimoler serves on the Executive Board of the Real Organic Project, a council member for the Vermont Women's Fund, and a trustee for the Vermont Land Trust. Schimoler has a BA in Dance from Bennington College, and enjoys a part-time Dance Lecturer position 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
Laura Ginsburg
(802) 522-2252
Gina Clithero
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Gina is an Agriculture Development Specialist at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. She manages the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program and the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Ollie Cultrara
Julia Scheier
(802) 522-7042
Emily Lopuski
(802) 461-7065
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Marketing and Export Program Lead for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets' Development Division.


  • 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


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