Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Chuck Ross, has issued the following statement regarding Green Mountain College’s intention to slaughter two oxen:


Vermont Agency of Agriculture, 802-828-2430

Monday, October 29, 2012

“A sustainable food system is a complicated web. It involves many participants. The slaughter of animals by those able and interested in eating meat has been part of the human experience since the beginning of recorded history. Doing so in a humane fashion is standard practice today, and subject to regulatory oversight.

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Fund and Initiative Launches



Noelle Karla Sevoian, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, 802-585-9072

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is pleased to announce the creation of the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), a newly appointed board which will create and execute a fast-paced timeline to support investment in Vermont’s working landscape.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquito Pools


For Immediate Release: Aug. 24, 2012
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health

Friday, August 24, 2012

BURLINGTON – Four mosquito pools from the Whiting area in Addison County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus and one pool tested positive for West Nile virus.

Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has issued the following statement:



Alison Kosakowski, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, 802-828-2179

Monday, August 6, 2012

“VAAFM is in the midst of an independent investigation to determine the source of persistent herbicides, including picloram and clopyralid, found in samples of compost made at Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) facilities.