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A collection of resources aimed at providing support for farmers, businesses and organizations in the food system during COVID-19.
If your business is looking for technical assistance, the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is providing various resources to help support small business during the COVID-19 outbreak. VtSBDC's team of advisors is actively working remotely to help you navigate this crisis.
The Department of Financial Regulation has posted new Business Income Insurance Guidance. Details will vary from policy to policy, so if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance agent or broker.
The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) continues to assess and respond to the community impacts of COVID-19 on Vermont businesses. To stay informed whenever new information becomes available, sign-up for the COVID-19 Economic and Community Response Newsletter.
In 2019, Farm to Plate and the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets collaborated with subject matter experts to produce the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 -- a set of 23 product, market and issue briefs -- which was delivered to the Legislature in January 2020. In 2020, Farm to Plate continued this effort by developing an additional 31 briefs and undertaking a stakeholder engagement process to further refine and prioritize strategies and recommendations to develop a shared vision for the Farm to Plate 2.0 Strategic Plan. A list of high priority recommendations identified through the stakeholder process will be completed by October 2020, with results shared at the 2020 Farm to Plate Network Annual Gathering. The final synthesized report, with high priority strategies, recommendations, and vision statement, will be delivered to the Legislature February 2021 to officially commence Farm to Plate’s next 10-year cycle.
Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 / Farm to Plate Strategic 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.
Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 / Farm to Plate Strategic 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 email@example.com and we will make corrections. Version 2021.2