Local Definition Webinar
Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets announces Definition of Local changes and upcoming informational sessions.
The Agriculture Development Division offers ongoing guidance for Act 129
January 25, 2021 | Montpelier, VT – On July 2, 2020, Governor Scott signed Act 129 (H.656) into law. The legislation changed the definition of “local” and equivalent terms like “locally grown,” “local to Vermont,” and “made in Vermont” to better define Vermont food. The clarity should also help protect the value and craftsmanship of Vermont’s food and agricultural producers and processors. Under the new definition, a person or company’s food is categorized into the following three areas: Raw Agricultural Products, Processed Food, or Unique Food Products. The new definition makes “local” synonymous with “Vermont” with respect to food products. It also offers opportunities to celebrate Vermont’s brand and recognize the value of buying Vermont products.
A summary of the bill and some Frequently Asked Questions can be found at the VT Agency of Agriculture’s website.
Stakeholders are invited to join a discussion with the Agency of Agriculture and Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection, along with a variety of supply chain stakeholders to share their experiences with the new changes to the State’s official definition of “local”. In this hour-long webinar, we’ll summarize the changes to the definition and answer participant questions on business impacts, compliance and more.
Tuesday, February 2, 1pm-2pm