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June 6, 2018

Weights and Measures field staff test the new propane prover this morning in Berlin. The new propane tester is on the right.

June 6, 2018 / Berlin VT - Today was the first run of Weights and Measures new propane prover. This piece of equipment is used to measure the output of propane trucks. This is to ensure that Vermonters are getting the correct volume of product when they purchase propane to heat their homes and businesses. There are over 200 propane trucks that bring Vermont homes.

Propane delivery trucks are tested by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Weights and Measures Department. The propane prover is filled with a set amount of propane to test the accuracy of the trucks meter.  If needed, the truck mounted meter is adjusted and the test repeated. The annual testing accounts for seasonal temperature variations and its effects on the volume of propane needed for a succesful test.

This new prover will help ensure consumers are getting the propane they pay for. Thanks to Weights and Measures field staff Hugh Lund and Mike Larose and Supervisor Marc Paquette for their hard work in ushering this new piece of equipment for the Consumer Protection Section. 

June 5, 2018

June 6, 2018 / Montpelier VT - Agriculture Secretary and Working Lands Enterprise Board Chair Anson Tebbetts will announce the 2018 recipients of over $750,000 in grants to Agriculture and Forestry businesses and service providers this year.  The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and the Working Lands Enterprise Board will host this annual event to showcase the small businesses and service providers that are dedicated to growing the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont’s working landscape. 

 

Where:              State House Lawn, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT

When:                Thursday, June 7th from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Who:                  Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts

                           Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Alyson Eastman

                           Commissioner of Forest, Parks, and Recreation Michael Snyder

                           Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Ted Brady

                           Working Lands Enterprise Board members

                           Working Lands Grantees

 

In total, there are 25 Working Lands grants or contracts to be announced on Thursday.   All are invited to hear forestry and agriculture grantee success stories, meet new grantees, and enjoy a menu of light fare that features 2018 grantee’s products.

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The initiative is led by the Working Lands Enterprise Board, made up of public and private sector members involved in agriculture, food, forestry, and wood products. 

Please visit  http://workinglands.vermont.gov/ for more information.   

 

 

 

June 4, 2018

          DONOVAN CALLS ON FDA TO AMEND MAPLE GUIDANCE

           AG: FDA Rule Requiring 100% Pure Maple Products to Disclose “Added Sugar” is Confusing AG Offers New Web Tool Allowing Vermonters to Comment                                  

Flanked by maple producers at a Vermont sugarbush in Richmond, Attorney General T.J. Donovan called on the federal government to amend its proposed guidance on a rule that would require maple and honey producers to declare “added sugar” content on their labels – even for 100% pure single-ingredient products like maple and honey. Donovan said single-ingredient producers should be exempt, or have other options, when the new rule takes effect. And, he unveiled a new webpage that allows Vermonters to comment on the proposed rule and guidance.

“Today, we’re calling on the FDA to listen to Vermonters,” said Donovan. “I support clear and transparent labeling, and I support common sense. That is why I stand with Vermont’s sugarmakers to ask the FDA to amend its guidance so that consumers are not led to believe that anything is added to their 100% pure Vermont maple or honey products.”

The Attorney General sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb requesting the proposed guidance for maple, honey and certain cranberry products to include one or more of the following allowances:

  1. Exempt single-ingredient sugars like maple and honey; and/or
  2. Allow single-ingredient sugars like maple and honey to simply declare the amount of “total sugar” instead of using the term “added sugar”; and/or
  3. Allow single ingredient sugars like maple and honey to declare “0” or “N/A” (“not applicable”) in response to the “added sugar” labeling requirement.

Local sugarmakers turned out in support of the Attorney General’s initiative. “Sugarmakers all over Vermont work hard every spring to produce 100% pure maple syrup,” said Roger Brown of Slopeside Syrup, who hosted the Attorney General at its sugarbush in Richmond. “The idea that we would ‘add sugar’ to our syrup is, frankly, offensive,” he said. “Sugarmakers rely on clear labeling to underscore the purity of pure maple syrup as compared to knock-off imitations…  Labeling mandated by the FDA implying adulteration would be an unnecessary disaster.  Cheap, ubiquitous, highly processed corn syrup is an ongoing public health crisis.  Pure maple syrup is not,” said Brown.

Donovan also announced that his office has created a new webpage where Vermonters can go to comment on the proposed federal rules at:https://www.uvm.edu/consumer/100-pure-maple-and-democracy.  “The only thing sweeter than 100% pure maple syrup is democracy,” said Donovan. “I encourage Vermonters to contact the FDA and tell them 100% pure means just that: nothing added.”

“Vermonters have stood behind maple for generations and sugarmakers need their support again,” said Brown. “Please tell the FDA what every Vermonter already knows - pure maple syrup has no added sugar.”

Donovan also invited FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to Vermont to meet local sugarmakers and sample Vermont’s 100% pure maple and honey products.                                                                                                  

CONTACT: Chris Curtis, 
Chief of Public Protection
802 828 5586
June 4, 2018

The latest edition of Agriview is now available online. The June 2018 edition includes articles on farming practices, the Food Safety Produce Rule, 2 wonderful recipes for veggie dips, and some special photography!  Find out about Creemee From A Cop and Clovers birthday at the Vermont Mountaineers during our Dairy Month celebration.  

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June 4, 2018

Join the Champlain Valley Crops, Soil & Pasture Team to see a new grassland shallow slot manure injector in action.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Barnes Black & Whiteface Ranch - Bridport Ventures Farm

1176 Heitman Road, Bridport, VT 05734

 

RSVP: champlain.crops@uvm.edu

WHAT YOU'LL SEE & HEAR 

  • Veenhuis Euroject 1200 grassland injector.
  • Dragline manure application.
  • Hicks Sales LLC (Vermont Veenhuis dealer) will be on hand to talk about this technology and other models available in the United States.
  • Eric Severy, Matthew's Trucking, will share his experience and expertise with manure injection and talk about how the equipment works and what situations might be best suited for it.
  • UVM Extension Agronomists will discuss the benefits of injection and how it can reduce runoff and increase yields.
  • Farmers will share their experience using other forms of manure injection.
  • Find out more about how to get this grassland injector on your farm.

DON'T FORGET TO RSVP:

champlain.crops@uvm.edu | 802-388-4969 x347

June 8, 2018

10:00 - 12:00

1176 Heitman Road, Bridport, VT 05734

Or contact Kirsten Workman if you have questions or want more information.   

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Karen Gallott at 802-388-4969 or 800-956-1125 by June 6, 2018.

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