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Maple Open House Weekend

The annual statewide celebration March 23 & 24 is bigger than ever with 138 participating locations

JERICHO, VT / March 10, 2019 – Vermont leads the nation by a commanding margin as the top maple producing state. Total US maple syrup production in 2018 was 4.1 million gallons, with Vermont’s contribution accounting for more than 1.9 million of those gallons. In the spirit of friendly competition (‘tis the season of March Madness after all), Maple Open House Weekend, March 23 & 24th , is a chance for Vermont sugar makers to do their victory dance while opening the doors of their sugarhouses for visitors traveling from near and far wanting to see, taste, and experience firsthand why people should think of Vermont first when they think of maple syrup. With an estimated 40K+ visitors touring the state for last year’s event, we can expect that number to grow with the expansion and draw from twenty-two new participating locations on the map in 2019. In addition to sugarhouse experiences, event weekend visitors can expect to be amazed by the extensive display of maple uses showcased by partnering local Vermont businesses who specialize in their own craft and support Vermont’s maple industry by including maple in their ingredients, on their menus, and offered for sale at their locations.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 4:30pm

Fine-Tuning Your Crops & Soils - Springfield

Come ​get ​ready ​for ​the ​2019 ​growing ​season! ​ ​Please ​join ​UVM Extension ​to ​learn ​about ​and ​discuss ​water ​management, ​equipment ​for ​no-till ​and ​cover ​crop ​systems, ​what ​technical ​assistance ​and ​peer ​organizations ​are ​available ​for ​growers ​in ​the ​Connecticut ​River ​watershed, ​manure ​injection ​on ​grassland, ​and ​updates ​on ​RAP ​with ​staff, ​faculty ​and ​farming ​peers ​from ​UVM ​Extension, ​the ​Agency ​of ​Agriculture, ​Food ​& ​Markets, ​and ​the ​Connecticut ​River ​Watershed ​Farmers ​Alliance.  



Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Fine-Tuning Your Crops & Soils - Castleton

Come ​get ​ready ​for ​the ​2019 ​growing ​season! ​ ​Please ​join ​UVM Extension ​to ​learn ​about ​and ​discuss ​water ​management, ​equipment ​for ​no-till ​and ​cover ​crop ​systems, ​what ​technical ​assistance ​and ​peer ​organizations ​are ​available ​for ​growers ​in ​the ​Connecticut ​River ​watershed, ​manure ​injection ​on ​grassland, ​and ​updates ​on ​RAP ​with ​staff, ​faculty ​and ​farming ​peers ​from ​UVM ​Extension, ​the ​Agency ​of ​Agriculture, ​Food ​& ​Markets, ​and ​the ​Connecticut ​River ​Watershed ​Farmers ​Alliance.  



Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

15th Annual Grain Growers Conference

"Stories of an Evolving Food System" is the theme for the 2019 15th Annual Grain Growers Conference. Steve Taylor is a farmer, newspaperman, and longtime public official from New Hampshire and will be our keynote speaker. Steve served 25 years as New Hampshire's commissioner of agriculture and he is a lifelong scholar of rural issues and culture, on which he writes and speaks frequently.
At the conference, get to know what local opportunities are available for grain growers by meeting local buyers in the region. Presentations will include rice cultivation, round table buyers discussion. cover crops, growing spelt, rye variety testing results, pollinators, and much more including hands-on baking sessions! A detailed brochure will be posted soon.
Conference registration is $75 per person and $50 per NGGA member. Please register by March 22, 2019.
The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
70 Essex Way
Essex, Vermont 05452

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Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

2019 Northern Tier Dairy Summit

Northern Tier Dairy Summit for free - lodging included. Summit is April 1-2, 2019 at Jay Peak Resort and is the launching point for innovative, collaborative work to address the current dairy situation

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:30am to Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Growing Hemp in Vermont

The event is aimed to provide a better comprehension of hemp cultivation practices for all those farmers interested in growing the crop in Rutland area. The event is composed by 3 sessions: introductive section on hemp cultivation, agronomic practices and RAPs compliance. 
The second session is provided by VAAFM - Stephanie Smith - with a focus on Vermont Hemp program and regulations updates. 
The third and last session is provided by 2 farmers from South Vermont that are going to illustrate their operation and share their experience.  

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Rutland Free Library 

12- 3 p.m.




Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

What to Know Before You Grow Hemp - Newport

Interested in learning more about the basics of growing hemp in Vermont?  Join the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District and representatives from NRCS, UVM, Northeast Kingdom Hemp, VAAFM, Vermont Cannabis Solutions & a local farmer panel to discuss growing hemp, from field planning to market access.  

Learn More

RSVP REQUIRED 802-334-6090 x 7008 or 

Emory Hebard State Office Building

100 Main Street



Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention

Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention (3 Day Event: 5/17-5/19)
WhenFri, May 17, 2019, 9am – 5pm
WhereChamplain Valley Exposition Center (map)
DescriptionCOST: TBD New England’s largest cannabis convention returns to Vermont for its second year May 17-19, 2019 at the Champlain Valley Exposition. There will be two full days of exhibitions, educational seminars, and speakers related to medical marijuana, industrial hemp, CBD wellness products, and the ever-growing New England cannabis industry. This event is brought to you by New England Cannabis Conventions and Heady Vermont. Tickets will go onsale by January 2019. CONTACT: For questions, reach out to the organizers or
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Summer Fancy Food Show 2019

Join over 30 Vermont producers at the Javits Center in New York City as part of the Vermont Pavilion. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019 (All day) to Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (All day)

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  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory               802.522.3502
  • Food Safety & Consumer Protection                        802.828.2426
    • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
    • Dairy                              802.828.2433
    • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures        802.828.2433
    • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    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