Agricultural Innovation Board

In the 2021 Legislative Session, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 49 which repealed the Vermont Pesticide Advisory Council (VPAC) and replaced it with the Agricultural Innovation Board (AIB). VPAC was established in 1986 under the Kunin administration as an inter-agency council to reduce pesticide usage in the state. Since that time, pesticide issues have become more far-reaching and require a more diverse set of expertise for analysis. The idea behind the AIB is to create a more holistic approach to pesticide management and policymaking in the state. Pesticides and the impacts of their use must be analyzed in a broader health and environmental context.

VPAC was officially disbanded and replaced by the AIB on January 1, 2022. All previous materials from VPAC can be found here.

MEETING INFORMATION

AIB Legislative Charges

  1. Review historic recommendations for pesticide reduction in the State and coordinate with existing work groups to avoid submitting to the General Assembly conflicting policy recommendations on the regulation of pesticides and farming.
  2. Recommend practices that reduce the use of and exposure to pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in order to protect soil biology, human health, and environmental health, including recommended targets to achieve the State goal of an overall reduction in the use of pesticides consistent with sound pest or vegetative management practices
  3. Advise the executive branch and the general assembly with respect to legislation concerning the use of agricultural pest control measures and integrated pest management.
  4. Recommend to the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets policies, proposed rules or legislation for the regulation of the use of treated articles when the Board determines that the use of a treated article will have a hazardous or long-term deleterious effect on the environment in Vermont, presents a likely risk to human health or is dangerous.
  5. Recommend practices to reduce the use and generation of waste associated with plastic in farming.
  6. Incentivize farming practices that are looking to reduce the use and dependence on pesticides in their practices.
  7. Advise the Agency with regard to the regulation of plant biostimulants.
  8. Recommend studies necessary for the performance of its functions as established under this section.
  9. Explore methods and standards for transitioning farmers to practices that reduce pesticide usage.
  10. Explore methods and standards for farmers to engage in carbon sequestration or mitigation.
  11. Review the seed traits of a new genetically engineered seed proposed for sale, distribution, or use in the State.
  12. Study and issue recommendations regarding the feasibility of the use of biodegradable plastics in agriculture and the promotion of the use of and production of biodegradable plastics and similar products in Vermont.

The group will work together to examine the aforementioned charges and report findings, as well as policy recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and to the Legislature through an annual report. This report will be submitted by January 15th of every year.

AIB Membership

  1. The Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets or Designee
  2. An active farmer who is a member of an organization representing the organic farming community
  3. A member from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  4. The Director of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Agrichemical Program or Designee
  5. The Director of the Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets Water Quality Program or Designee
  6. The Commissioner of Health or a designee with expertise in the effects of pesticides on human health
  7. The Secretary of Natural Resources or Designee
  8. A certified crop consultant
  9. An active farmer who is a member of an organization representing the conventional dairy industry in Vermont
  10. An active farmer who is a member of an organization representing fruit or vegetable farmers in Vermont
  11. An active farmer who is a member of an organization representing grass-based, non-dairy livestock farming in Vermont
  12. A soil biologist

 

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
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  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