Future Farmer? We Hope So!

What about the next generation of farmers?  Is there enough opportunity in agriculture for young people to sustain the heritage of Vermont farming?  At this year’s Vermont Farm Show, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is promoting careers in agriculture.  Below is a letter written by Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts greeting those visiting the Farm Show who may be interested in agricultural jobs:

“On behalf of Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, I want to welcome you to the 2018 Vermont Farm Show, and congratulate you on your interest in agriculture as a potential career.   As the head of a state government agency working to support the agricultural industry and its many parts, I can assure you that there’s something for you in agriculture.

At the Agency of Agriculture, we have farmers and scientists working side-by-side to provide support to Vermonters.  Areas of expertise run from biology and engineering to chemistry and veterinary medicine. We employ dairy professionals who are responsible for inspecting dairy plants and providing support to start-up businesses as well as engineers who inspect the gas pumps and grocery scanners that we interact with regularly in our daily lives.  You could call the Agency a smorgasbord of professionals, all coming together to support the incredibly important agriculture industry in Vermont. If you want to work on or own your own farm, we stand ready to help.

We encourage you to connect with one of the many Consumer Night attendees who have set up booths at the Farm Show.  These Vermont entrepreneurs can tell you about starting a business utilizing a Vermont farmer’s crop to create other products, all in support of our state’s important agricultural industry.

So thank you for visiting the Show and supporting Vermont farms and farmers.  From milk to math or biology to bees, you can find a rewarding and important career in agriculture.  Feel free to reach out to my staff or me if you wish to explore any aspect of agriculture in your community.  Secretary Anson Tebbetts”

If you wish to visit the Farm Show on Consumer Night, please visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/ for more information.  If you’re interested in employment opportunities at the Agency of Agriculture or in the Vermont Agricultural community, please contact the Agency at (802) 828-2430 or AGR.Helpdesk@vermont.gov.