A flight filled with producers, marketers, media members and food entrepreneurs made its way from Burlington to our nation's capital early Thursday morning. The big event: The 13th Annual Taste of Vermont, put on by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.
While Vermont's finest food leaders started preparations for the highly anticipated affair, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts spent the day meeting with members from Vermont’s congressional delegation and The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) about critical issues impacting Vermont’s farmers and producers.
The Farm Bill was the focus. What can be done to help grow Vermont’s agricultural economy? Secretary Tebbetts spoke with partners about proposed FDA labeling laws, industrial hemp legislation, produce safety, conservation programs and the state of the dairy industry.
After filling up on some of Vermont’s finest, the sun set over The Hill. The next stop: The Green Mountain State. It was a day well spent in Washington, bringing home new ideas, concepts and work to get done, to help our farmers and producers who work hard for Vermont.
Visiting Congressman Peter Welch with Matt Gordon and Amanda Voyer from the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers' Association along with Roger Cochran and his son from Slopeside Syrup. Go Red Sox! Not a bad spot for the Secretay to answer some emails and send some Tweets! The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Tebbetts met with Dr. Barb Glenn, Chief Executive Officer. A qucik walk around a farmers' market in Arlington right outside the NASDA offices. Checking out the dairy selection at the Arlington farmers' market. Flowers full bloom in the National Garden. Senator Patrick Leahy, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Vermont producers put in a lot of work to make "The Taste of Vermont," such a great event. The Kennedy Caucus Room at the Russell Senate Office Building filled to the brim. This is what Vermont tastes like! #ThinkVT
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, his wife Marcelle and grandson "little" Patrick thank everyone for coming.