FSA Program Available for Damage to Sugar Bushes due to Recent Ice Storm in Vermont

Colchester, VT, December 27, 2013 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Vermont State Executive Director, Bob Paquin encourages maple producers in Vermont who sustained damage from the recent ice storm to contact their county USDA office whether or not they have participated in USDA programs in the past and whether or not they carry crop insurance. FSA’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) may be available to help compensate them for losses.

State Agriculture Officials Urge Farmers and Pet Owners to Continue Precautionary Measures as Ice Storm-Related Issues Continue

The weather forecast indicates that temperatures will remain low throughout the week, thereby not allowing the ice to melt, and winds may increase, causing power lines to be damaged. The Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets recommends that farmers who live in a region of the state where icing occurred keep a close eye on weather reports, and take the following steps:

Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board Announces

Contact:

Noelle Sevoian, Agricultural Development Coordinator
Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street                                              Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Montpelier, VT 05620                                      Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation               
Phone: 802-585-9072                                     Agency of Commerce & Community Development 
Email: working.lands@state.vt.us

Caledonia Spirits Wins Gold and 2013 Gin of the Year at International Wine and Spirits Competition

Contact:

Todd D. Hardie, Owner, Caledonia Spirits
todd@caledoniaspirits.com
ph: 802.472.8000

*Note to Editors: Photo of Sec. Ross is attached

Hong Kong – Vermont’s own Caledonia Spirits impressed the judges at the sixth annual International Wine and Spirits Competition in Hong Kong, walking away with 2013 Gin of the Year and a Gold Medal for Barr Hill Gin.

Announcing a Series of Public Discussions in December, 2013 about the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL

Contact:

Kari Dolan, Environmental Conservation
kari.dolan@state.vt.us

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Grant Applicant Information Sessions

Contact:

Noelle Sevoian
Agricultural Development Coordinator
Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street                                              Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Montpelier, VT 05620                                      Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation               
Ph: 802-585-9072                                            Agency of Commerce & Community Development 

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