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Governor Phil Scott, Officials from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development Join Vermont Companies at Aerospace Forum in Montreal News and Press Releases -

On Monday, Governor Scott, along with representatives from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development(ACCD), participated in the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2018, hosted by Aero Montreal. The Governor and ACCD were joined by seven Vermont businesses in the aerospace industry: MSI, Stephens Precision, Sathorn Corporation, Microwire Transmission, Liquid Measurement Systems, SemiProbe, and Vermont Aerospace.

New Grant Opportunity for Associations that Promote Vermont Agriculture, Food, Beverage, Forest, and Fiber Products News and Press Releases -

Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, and fiber product associations provide support to the development of Vermont's economy and the viability of our working landscape businesses. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is committed to assist these organizations by providing funding for marketing projects that enhance the work they are doing.

What's On Your Mind? Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Invites You to Share your Thoughts and Ideas in Montpelier on April 24 News and Press Releases -

As part of an ongoing community series, Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Secretary Julie Moore will host a conversation on April 24th in Montpelier. The series, Tell Me More with Secretary Moore, is a chance for the public to hear from and talk directly with the Secretary and Agency staff about environmental issues that are top of mind for many Vermonters. At next week's discussion, Secretary Moore will be joined by Becca Washburn, Director of Lands Administration & Recreation for ANR's Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Together, they will lead a conversation on the Agency's role in long-term, responsible stewardship of public lands.

State Agencies Work to Remove PFAS Contamination from Rutland Business Park Water System News and Press Releases -

The State of Vermont has issued a Do Not Drink order to tenants of the Rutland Airport Business Park after per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were found in the business park’s water system. PFAS are a family of chemicals associated with firefighting foam and other manufacturing processes. PFOS and PFOA are two chemicals that belong to this family. All business park tenants have been offered bottled water and the State is working with the water system operator and consultants to swiftly design and install a treatment system that will remove the contaminants from the water system.

Report: Vermont Schools Seek Stronger Connection With Local Dairy Farms News and Press Releases -

In a new report released by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM), Vermont schools called for an increased sourcing of Vermont-branded milk. While Vermont dairy farmers supply most of the milk served in Vermont schools, respondents reported difficulty finding milk from local distributors that also meet federal nutrition standards. The statewide survey, designed to inform the dairy industry about how Vermont schools engage with fluid milk, provides valuable information to help milk processors, bottlers, and distributors connect directly with schools.

New EPA Report Card Points to Vermont’s Progress on Water Quality News and Press Releases -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Vermont's clean water report card today. The report evaluates the state's efforts to implement the Lake Champlain phosphorus reduction goals. The EPA commended the State's work in meeting nearly 90 percent of its water quality milestones, and for making significant progress toward the remaining milestones.

Reminder to Farmers Regarding Spring Manure Spreading Restrictions News and Press Releases -

April 1st marks the end of Vermont's winter manure spreading ban for non-frequently flooded fields in Vermont, but with another cold and wet spring bringing adverse field conditions to most of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is issuing a spring stewardship reminder to ensure that farmers are aware that water quality rules will restrict manure spreading activities until the weather and individual field conditions improve. The Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs), newly revised in December of 2016, prohibits the application of manure on frozen or snow-covered ground, or to any fields where field conditions are conducive to runoff into Vermont's waters.

Vermont Produce Growers Awarded $74K in Second Round of Produce Safety Improvement Grants News and Press Releases -

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) awarded $74,000 to nine Vermont produce growers making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks. Prompted by high demand, VAAFM's Produce Program issued a second round of funding to help Vermont producers continue to grow food safely, efficiently, and economically.

Vermont Producers and Value-Chain Facilitators Receive $50K to Support Local Food Market Development News and Press Releases -

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce five Local Food Market Development (LFMD) Grants, totaling $50,000, awarded to support projects that will assist Vermont farmers, businesses, and food system service providers in reaching new markets with an institutional or other wholesale focus in Vermont.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Two More Vermont Counties News and Press Releases -

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announced today that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in two additional Vermont counties. Samples were collected in Washington County and Caledonia County on March 16th during a survey for the insect. Samples collected from three Vermont counties have now been confirmed to be emerald ash borer by USDA taxonomists.

Public Input: Vermonters Encouraged to Give Feedback on Next State Plan on Aging News and Press Releases -

The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is developing the next State Plan on Aging, a guiding document that outlines how the State of Vermont and the network of Agencies on Aging and service providers will strive to meet the changing needs of older Vermonters over time. The draft plan is online at: under "Latest News."

The Vermont Organics Recycling Summit, April 5, 2018: Closing the Gap to 2020 News and Press Releases -

Next time you toss that banana peel in the trash, you may want to consider composting it instead. Each year, Vermonters throw away almost 100,000 tons of organics, like food scraps and yard debris, all of which could be composted or managed in better ways. This waste adds up, filling landfills and contributing to massive greenhouse gas emissions.


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