Legislative Dairy Tour - September 18th & 19th, 2019

Come along with us and legislators on a 2-day tour of 6 dairy farms in 3 Vermont counties! Secretary Anson Tebbetts led the tour along with many agriculture and environmental officials, but the stars were the farms and farmers.  Day 1 was hosted by:

Dairy issues and challenges were all part of the tour, as well as their love of their animals, land and life.

Day 2 brought the tour to: 

to finish the tour. Governor Phil Scott joined us as well, to hear more about why Vermont loves and needs dairy!

How we got here: 

At the Northern Tier Dairy Summit earlier this year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) facilitated a discussion between dairy farmers, dairy officials, industry experts and legislative leaders to determine what areas of information were most sensitive to the ongoing success and survival of traditional dairy farming in Vermont.  Many thoughtful discussions took place over the two-day event with a number of important ideas surfacing for future consideration.  One of the more talked-about ideas was the need for legislators to have direct exposure to the farms that they legislate.  It was felt by some in the dairy community that legislation was being considered without the knowledge base or experience necessary to formulate informed decisions. 

In the wake of this outcome at the Dairy Summit, officials at the Agency have constructed a 2-day, dairy farm tour, to take place September 18th in Addison County, and September 19th in Windsor and Orange Counties.  VAAFM Agriculture Development Section Chief Laura Ginsburg has organized a tour of 6 dairy-farms to provide context for important dairy issues such as water quality, Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs), crop and soil management, innovative systems used on farms, and to highlight the diversity of Vermont dairy farms.  Each farm involved in the tour will focus on a different set of issues and experiences for the visiting legislators in hopes that the engagement and information will assist them as they move into the 2020 legislative session.

Legislators who joined us include: 

  • Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
  • Senator Ruth Hardy
  • Representative Harvey Smith
  • Representative Maida Townsend
  • Representative Diane Lanpher
  • Representative Matt Birong
  • Representative Dave Potter
  • Senator Brian Collamore
  • Representative Carol Ode
  • Senator Alison Clarkson
  • Representative Carl Demrow
  • Senator Alice Nitka
  • Senator Dick McCormack
  • Representative James Harrison

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431