Danone/Horizon Task Force

In August of 2021, Danone/Horizon informed 28 organic dairy farms in Vermont that contracts to purchase milk would not be renewed after August 31, 2022.  Secretary Tebbetts has convened a Task Force to work on options for these 28 farms.  The goal of the task force is to provide as many possible options for the impacted farmers as possible by January or February of 2022 providing time for the farmers to review the options and determine if an option will work for their individual farm.  The task force has four subgroup to work on specific issues:

  1. Farmer Focus – resources for farmers, data and information and communications
  2. Processor Focus – determining if a processor is willing to produce organic products, assistance with facility upgrades/changes and market
  3. Organic Standards – concerns with origin of livestock rule and pasture rule
  4. Multi-State Efforts – keeping the group informed of efforts occurring in New York, New Hampshire and Maine – these states have farms that were also impacted by the Danone/Horizon announcement

"The task force is focused on giving the best information possible to the farmer so they can make informed decisions about their business," Agency of Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts said.  "We have just begun our work but this resource page is meant to help the farmer now as the task force continues its work. Please check in to this web page for updates."

This web page will have the materials generated by the task force, notes from the task force meeting and other relevant information.

Available Task Force Resources and Information

 

Member of the task force include farmer representatives, representatives from the following organizations:

  • Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets
  • Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Agri-Mark, Inc.
  • Agriculture Service Provider
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Morrison Feeds
  • NOFA-Vermont
  • Organic Valley
  • Stonyfield
  • VEDA/VACC – lender
  • Vermont Cheese Council
  • Vermont Congressional Delegation
  • Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Vermont Farm and Forest Viability

 

For questions, please contact Diane Bothfeld – Diane.bothfeld@vermont.gov

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

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                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
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    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
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