Here 5/24/22

#Farm24VT Invites You May 18th and 19th!  

Are you HUNGRY to see where your food comes from? Do you LOVE to eat local? 

Vermont farmers, agribusinesses, food producers, and other friends in our ag community will share photos, videos, and stories on social media, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite Vermont foods get to your table.
Starting at 5 pm on May 18th, watch as farmers milk livestock, care for baby animals, tend the land, make cheese, plant crops. Search #Farm24VT hashtag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  Like, comment, ask questions, and share.
And stay tuned there will be lots of amazing prizes to give away, showcasing the best of Vermont agriculture, food, and dairy.

Here 5/3/22

Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program offering FREE 12-month program that will meet for a 4-hour session monthly.

If you would like to increase your basic business management skills, discuss business needs and share ideas with other farmers, contact Betsy Miller.

betsy.miller@uvm.edu


Here 4/26/22

April 26, 2022, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Champlain Valley Expo Center


To Quick Links 4/19/22

Superbowl of Career Fairs

The Vermont Construction Association, multiple industry LIVE recruiting/hiring event

April 26, 2022, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Champlain Valley Expo Center

This Job/Career fair is a “one stop shop”, showcasing multiple companies from many different industries and sectors in a mutual meeting location.

https://www.agcvt.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=4/26/2022&eventid=171


To Quick Links 4/19/22

Avian Flu in Vermont

USDA Defend the Flock Program

Resource information recommended by Dr. Kaitlynn Levine, Assistant State Veterinarian, Animal Health.  VT Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-i…


Here 4/13/22

VTC is seeking proposals for:

  1. The purchase of the VTC dairy herd.
  2. The lease of VTC’s crop land for the 2022 growing season
  3. The lease of VTC farm infrastructure.

VTC understands that each farmer will have different capacities and needs for cows, crop land, and VTC infrastructure. They encourage farmers to submit proposals based on what is feasible for their farm. There is no requirement to make an offer on all three components of the RFP. They are interested in hearing about interest regardless. 

Deadline 5 pm April 11th, 2022


Here 4/6/22/removed from quick links 4/19/22

COVID Related Technical Assistance

Technical assistance grants are now available through the Vermont Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) for businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Applications for technical assistance grants are NOW open during an advance application period for business owners who are veterans, women, and members of the BIPOC communities. Additional details in the email copied below.

The demand for this program will likely be high and the application opens to all eligible VT business owners and non-profits on March 14th. Business owners and non-profits interested in applying for this opportunity should sign up as soon as possible. Technical assistance providers can also apply to the program to be contractors for projects.

For more information and eligibility requirements:  https://www.vermonteconomicdevelopment.com/cnpp


Here 4/6/22

Farm Worker Housing Repair Loan Program

This program will allow farmers to make essential repairs and necessary improvements to their farmworker housing. 

The goal of this program is to preserve this important affordable housing resource and to help improve the health and welfare of the farm workforce.

Eligibility Requirements and more:  https://www.getahome.org/vermont-farmworker-housing-repair-loan-program


Here 4/6/2022

Vermont Develops Plan to Support the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM), the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Farm First Program are proud to announce the award of an USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network – State Departments of Agriculture grant.


March 29, 2022

Regional Virtual Trade Show 3/29

The 2022 Local Food Trade Show of New England is a dynamic virtual space for local food producers and buyers from across our region to connect. Through sales meetings, networking events, and technical support, this event provides food entrepreneurs with opportunities to expand their enterprise, while giving buyers access to the most promising new products. Read below for the schedule of events and to learn how you can deepen your connection within the New England food system.


Farm First seeks a part-time community organizer over the next 12-18 months to work with staff to organize and build a farmer peer support network.

Farmer Veteran Survey - drawing for gift cards 

(Jan 2022) FRSAN-NE is working to identify and better understand the unique stressors facing today’s farmer veterans located in the northeastern United States. As a farmer veteran, hearing more about the impact your military service has had on your journey in agriculture is extremely important. It is only through gaining insight from farmer veterans such as yourself that we can determine the resources most needed for assisting farmer veterans.

If you received this survey from more than one source, please only complete this survey one time. If you have not yet completed this survey, please go to the link below. This survey should take you about 20 minutes to complete and includes 35 questions. As a thank you for your time, upon completion of this survey you will have a chance to enter a drawing to win one of twenty (20) cash awards of $125. 

https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WpL8T512EtAKzQ

Your participation is voluntary and all responses will be kept strictly confidential; no individual respondent can be matched with their responses. If you have any questions or would like more information about this survey, please contact the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at 402-472-3672 or by email at bosr@unl.edu. BOSR is conducting this survey on behalf of the Veteran’s Cohort that is a part of the Northeast Region of the Farmer and Rancher Stress Assistance Network.


VERMONT DEVELOPS PLAN TO SUPPORT THE FARM AND RANCH STRESS ASSISTANCE NETWORK

 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM), the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Farm First Program are proud to announce the award of an USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network – State Departments of Agriculture grant.


WCAX STORY FOCUSES ON RESILIENCE AND FARM FIRST'S ROLE

 

WCAX provided an opportunity for Vermonters to learn more about new grant funding to address mental health challenges related to farming.

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