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COVID-19 Support

A collection of resources aimed at providing support for farmers, businesses and organizations in the food system during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Support COVID-19 Institutional Matchmaking: food, distribution, storage, labor

Food Institutions New England (FINE) has created a matchmaking spreadsheet designed to match up needs and surplus in the New England institutional food system. They welcome anyone to add, view or contact others on the list directly.

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COVID-19 Support Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program

The Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program (VTAMP) provides free mediation services to the agricultural community to help resolve disputes before they end up in court.

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COVID-19 Support Farm First - Vermonters Helping Vermonters

Resources, support and counseling to help farmers resolve issues that cause stress. Any farm owner and their family members have automatic and immediate access to confidential help with any personal or work-related issue.

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COVID-19 Support Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) Viability Program

VHCB Viability Program staff is operating remotely and is carrying out normal programming, including business advising services and grant programs.

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COVID-19 Support Agriculture Related COVID-19 Resources

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is working with other agencies in state government, the federal government, and nonprofit organizations to identify resources to assist you during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030

In 2009 the Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) with administering the Farm to Plate Investment Program (10 V.S.A. § 330), to “create a strategic plan for agricultural and food system development, which may be periodically reviewed and updated.” The Farm to Plate Network formed in 2011, and set about implementing the first statewide Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. We came together out of a love for good food, strong communities, and our working landscape, to intentionally support the farmers, food entrepreneurs, and farm and food workers who provide nutritious, delicious food for us all. Over the past ten years, Vermont’s food system economic output expanded 48%, from $7.5 billion to $11.3 billion, which includes $3 billion (26.5%) from food manufacturing—Vermont’s second-largest manufacturing industry. The food system added 6,560 net new jobs (11.3% increase), and more than 64,000 Vermonters were directly employed by over 11,500 farms and food-related businesses. Local food purchases rose from $114 million (5%) to $310 million (13.9%) of the total $2.2 billion spent on food in the state annually, and Vermont farms sold $781 million worth of product per year. Recognizing the success of the first Plan and the continued importance of agriculture and food to Vermont’s economy, environment, and culture, the Vermont Legislature and Governor Scott reauthorized the Farm to Plate Investment Program in 2019.

Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan 2020

In response to the ongoing dairy crisis and other significant changes happening within Vermont’s agricultural and food sector, and a desire to stimulate more rural economic development as well as regional market access for Vermont products, the Legislature passed and Governor Scott signed Act 83 (S.160), an act relating to agricultural development, in May 2019. Section 1 of this Act calls for the development of a report with recommendations to stabilize and revitalize Vermont’s agricultural industry. This report was delivered to the Vermont Legislature in January, 2020. As part of a planned update to the 2011 Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a second set of 31 product, market and issue briefs, along with a vision for Vermont's food system, a new set of goals, objectives and indicators of progress will be published in February 2021. Titled the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030, it will serve as our guiding implementation document over the next 10 years.

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Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030 Food System Financing Inventory

A listing of capital providers who help to finance farm and food businesses, including debt, equity, and royalty financing, as well as various grant programs. The inventory is a supplemental document to the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030 as requested by the Vermont Legislature as part of Act 83/S.160 (2019). The full Plan can be found here: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/document/vermont-agriculture-and-food-system-plan-2020 If any of the information contained in this directory needs to be updated or is missing, please email relevant information to info@vtfarmtoplate.com and we will make corrections. Version 2021.2

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Farm Transfer and Succession

A collection of resources detailing how to plan for land management, and land and business succession strategies, to ensure a smooth transition from one owner to the next.