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July 5, 2018

A Guide to Growing Your Business with Social Media

Don’t miss this special opportunity to sharpen your social media skills! The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Northshire Grows Inc. is hosting a FREE, interactive Social Media workshop led by marketing experts from People Making Good Public Relations in Burlington. 
 
WHEN:          Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 5 PM – 7PM
 
WHERE:        Hildene Welcome Center, Beckwith Room, Manchester Village
            
This FREE learning session will offer farmers and producers the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to better promote and market themselves and their products. Southern Vermont is filled with small businesses that are generating high-quality agricultural products. There is a strong demand for these products across New England, presenting an opportunity for businesses to branch out and grow. Proximity to large markets like Boston and New York City adds to this potential. Does this opportunity resonate with you?

Farm and food business owners often say:

  • I don’t want to brag about myself
  • I’m way too busy to use social media
  • I’m intimidated when it comes to promotion and technology
  • I’m unsure about the return on investment that social media offers
  • I’m confused about how to make social media work for my business

Come learn how to share your Vermont story, feature and promote the products and people associated with your business and showcase the dedication and hard work that goes into making your products so delicious and desirable. Nicole Ravlin, principal at People Making Good will address your concerns and explain why a presence on Social Media is critical to your business. She will also provide useful examples and tips on ways to use Social Media to get the word out about your business and its products. Explore which social media channels might be most beneficial for you and which Social Media techniques and tools will help connect your business with a larger audience. In addition to this excellent training, we all have awesome snacks on hand!

RSVP HERE!

Questions?

Contact liz@northshiregrows.org or at 802-379-4013

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is proud to partner with

on this professional development opportunity for southern Vermont's farm and business sector.

 

 

June 29, 2018

The United States Congress is currently debating the 2018 Farm Bill.  It has passed the House and Senate and is in the final phases of negotiation to work out differences between the Houses of Congress.  Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts reviews the bill and explains why, if passed and signed into law, it will be good for Vermont farmers and the state's economy.

This summer, in Washington D.C., Congress is debating the national 2018 Farm Bill, one of the most important policy decisions of the decade. It’s a critical piece of legislation that will define the priorities for the next five years for the agriculture economy in Vermont, and the nation.

The Farm Bill also includes a host of programs that will improve the environment.  Conservation programs are critical to Vermont farmers and the state’s natural beauty. Farmers are focused on bettering our natural environment and are investing in best management practices - but it’s not possible to do it alone. The proposed Farm Bill offers critical financial and policy support that will prevent runoff and lead to cleaner water. 

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and our partners have been working closely with Vermont’s congressional delegation on a host of issues that are important to Vermont. The Vermont Milk Commission sent a series of recommendations to Senators Leahy and Sanders, and Congressman Welch. We are pleased to report that some of those suggestions are included in the proposed legislation, including a suggestion regarding dairy risk coverage. Also, as Senator Patrick Leahy led the charge in recent improvements to the Margin Protection Program, Governor Phil Scott and Vermont’s legislative leaders at the same time demonstrated Vermont’s support by putting $450,000 from state funds into the program. As dairy farmers struggle with low prices for their milk this credit helps offer relief by partially paying for premiums. These improvements and more are included in the 2018 Farm Bill, offering critical support as farmers weather one of the most difficult economic storms in decades.

Improving the rural economy is also part of the proposed farm bill. Small, rural farms are feeding the nation. The Senate Farm bill supports local food programs, specialty food producers and our maple industry while making investments in research and product development, all of which are tied to country businesses, including so many in Vermont.

Vermont is also leading the way to new ground that has been undiscovered by federal regulators. We are planting new crops and building on innovation to grow businesses. In 2018, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets registered nearly 300 hemp farmers with more than 2,000 acres in production. Hemp could offer Vermont farmers a new source of income by turning the durable plant into food, fiber or fuel. A law signed by Governor Scott this year will build upon this hemp program in Vermont allowing more seeds to be imported to the Green Mountain State. But we need help from Washington D.C.: Vermont is demanding that Congress remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances. This critical change would allow Vermont farmers to focus more of their energy into farming without worrying about their crops coming up against justice department regulations.

These are just a few of the headlines from the Senate’s proposed 2018 Farm Bill. Support for nutrition programs or helping our organic farmers would also go a long way; there are many more elements that will help our economy.

We appreciate our partners and Vermont’s Congressional delegation, all of whom have helped advance the 2018 Farm Bill. We advocate for this bill to become law because it builds upon our priorities in Vermont: Making Vermont more affordable, improving our economy and protecting the state’s most vulnerable.  Washington D.C. is listening and we are confident that they stand ready to help rural America, and rural Vermont, continue to innovate and succeed.   

Anson Tebbetts is the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets.  
June 29, 2018

The United States Congress is currently debating the 2018 Farm Bill.  It has passed the Senate and is now in the House for debate and a vote.  Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts reviews the bill and explains why if passed and signed into law, it will be good for Vermont farmers and the state's economy.

This summer, in Washington D.C., Congress is debating the national 2018 Farm Bill, one of the most important policy decisions of the decade. It’s a critical piece of legislation that will define the priorities for the next five years for the agriculture economy in Vermont, and the nation.

The Farm Bill also includes a host of programs that will improve the environment.  Conservation programs are critical to Vermont farmers and the state’s natural beauty. Farmers are focused on bettering our natural environment and are investing in best management practices - but it’s not possible to do it alone. The proposed Farm Bill offers critical financial and policy support that will prevent runoff and lead to cleaner water. 

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and our partners have been working closely with Vermont’s congressional delegation on a host of issues that are important to Vermont. The Vermont Milk Commission sent a series of recommendations to Senators Leahy and Sanders, and Congressman Welch. We are pleased to report that some of those suggestions are included in the proposed legislation, including a suggestion regarding dairy risk coverage. Also, as Senator Patrick Leahy led the charge in recent improvements to the Margin Protection Program, Governor Phil Scott and Vermont’s legislative leaders at the same time demonstrated Vermont’s support by putting $450,000 from state funds into the program. As dairy farmers struggle with low prices for their milk this credit helps offer relief by partially paying for premiums. These improvements and more are included in the 2018 Farm Bill, offering critical support as farmers weather one of the most difficult economic storms in decades.

Improving the rural economy is also part of the proposed farm bill. Small, rural farms are feeding the nation. The Senate Farm bill supports local food programs, specialty food producers and our maple industry while making investments in research and product development, all of which are tied to country businesses, including so many in Vermont.

Vermont is also leading the way to new ground that has been undiscovered by federal regulators. We are planting new crops and building on innovation to grow businesses. In 2018, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets registered nearly 300 hemp farmers with more than 2,000 acres in production. Hemp could offer Vermont farmers a new source of income by turning the durable plant into food, fiber or fuel. A law signed by Governor Scott this year will build upon this hemp program in Vermont allowing more seeds to be imported to the Green Mountain State. But we need help from Washington D.C.: Vermont is demanding that Congress remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances. This critical change would allow Vermont farmers to focus more of their energy into farming without worrying about their crops coming up against justice department regulations.

These are just a few of the headlines from the Senate’s proposed 2018 Farm Bill. Support for nutrition programs or helping our organic farmers would also go a long way; there are many more elements that will help our economy.

We appreciate our partners and Vermont’s Congressional delegation, all of whom have helped advance the 2018 Farm Bill. We advocate for this bill to become law because it builds upon our priorities in Vermont: Making Vermont more affordable, improving our economy and protecting the state’s most vulnerable.  Washington D.C. is listening and we are confident that they stand ready to help rural America, and rural Vermont, continue to innovate and succeed.   

Anson Tebbetts is the Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets.  
June 27, 2018

Vermont is now their home and so is this flower farm. See how Dan & Ann Sivori, owners of Countryman Peony Farm, traded in busy lives in Connecticut to become hardworking stewards of the land in the Green Mountain State. #ThinkVT

To learn more visit, http://countrymanfarm.com/#s-home

June 19, 2018

A new cash crop is on the horizon in Vermont. Nearly 2,000 acres of hemp will be grown across the Green Mountain State during the 2018 growing season. If you're a farmer looking to grow hemp, register with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, http://agriculture.vermont.gov/plant_pest/plant_weed/hemp

And to learn more about UVM Extension’s Industrial Hemp Research Program, visit http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/hemp

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