Good news for the Northeast dairy sector

Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets It’s been a busy few months for Vermont dairies, but there are some bright spots in these turbulent times. The North East Dairy Task Force, spurred by Horizon Organic’s plan to end contracts with dozens of North East organic dairy farms, released recommendations that paved the way for a new dollar injection.

We are grateful to everyone who has volunteered to help the dairy community.

Photo: Wright’s Dairy Farm, Inc., recipient of the 2021 NE-DBIC Grant for Marketing and Branding Services

Your legal toolkit for starting a farm

The Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub is hosting a winter webinar: Your Legal Toolkit for Starting a Farm. When starting a farming business, there are many important legal issues to consider, from what type of business entity you will form to how to protect yourself from liability and how to plan for the future. This comprehensive webinar will provide farmers with the legal know-how needed to address these key decisions and get started on a solid legal footing.

Webinar: March 6 at 12 p.m.

The Vermont Legislature has added a program to help dairy producers pay the premium for the USDA’s 2022 Dairy Margin Hedging Program. $2,600,000 will be provided for reimbursement of Tier 1 premiums paid by individual dairy producers in Vermont. The deadline to register for dairy margin coverage is March 25.

All interested dairy producers are encouraged to contact their county’s USDA Agricultural Services Agency (FSA) office as soon as possible.

The 2022 Local Food Trade Show of New England is a vibrant 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 opportunities for food entrepreneurs to grow their business, while giving buyers access to the most promising new products. Visit the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts website to view the calendar of events and learn how you can deepen your connection within the New England food system.
Virtual Fair: March 29

Farmers’ markets are an integral part of our thriving local food culture. The annual Vermont Farmers’ Market Conference offers educational workshops, resource sharing, and networking for market managers, organizers, vendors, and community members from across the state.

Registration for the two-day virtual conference is free for BIPOC and first-year market managers and starts at just $5 for Vermont Farmers’ Market Association and NOFA-VT members.

Virtual conference: March 16 and 23

The Maple Open House Weekend is back for 2 weekends in 2022

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