Tuesday, April 23

​​​​​​​Seeking Feedback on Accessory On-Farm Businesses

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is seeking feedback to further understand Accessory On-Farm Businesses (AOFBs) and Act 143. This model expands opportunities for farmers to diversify operations through an AOFB, such as on-farm sales of agricultural products as well as educational, recreational, or social events. 

While this business model is vital to support long-term viability of Vermont farmers, the current legislation can be difficult to understand and varies across the state. Therefore, the Legislature has tasked the Natural Resources Board (NRB), with support from the Agency of Agriculture, in preparing a report to analyze current conditions, understand challenges, and offer specific suggestions to help strengthen AOFBs in Vermont.  

To support this work, the Agency of Agriculture wants to hear how farmers and municipal leaders are understanding and implementing AOFBs. If you are a farmer interested in or operating an AOFB please fill out the “Farmer” survey. If you are a municipal leader, please fill out the “Zoning” survey.

Please take a moment to fill out a survey below to share your experience and ideas by September 7th. We greatly value your input – please share far and wide! 

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The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is Hiring

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is pleased to be significantly expanding their team!

They are currently filling two new positions; a Grants Coordinator and an Outreach & Content Specialist. Click below to apply!

The Grants Coordinator will focus on grants management, grantee stewardship, and grant reporting. This position is full time and pays $24.93 per hour. Apply here.

The Outreach & Content Specialist will lead the development and implementation of program outreach and communication strategy for the NE-DBIC. This position is full-time and pays $26.42 per hour. Apply here.

Applicants may have the option to work remotely but must be able to report to a duty station in Montpelier, VT. 

Deadline to Apply: August 31st

NOFA-VT Farm Beginnings Program

Apply for the NOFA-VT Farm Beginnings Program 

Applications are now open for NOFA-VT’s Farm Beginnings Program. This is a year-long program for aspiring and beginning farmers designed to help participants launch or grow their farm business. 

The course is focused on sustainable agriculture and is led by Vermont-based service providers and farmers. 

This is a hybrid virtual and in-person program. From October-March, participants will meet for eight online learning modules, including video lectures, assignments, and live virtual meetings.

Participants will increase their knowlege on all aspects of farm management and develop a business plan. In the summer, participants will transition from the classroom into the fields to work one-on-one with an experienced farmer mentor. 

The cost of the program is $500 and begins in mid October. Apply here.

Deadline to Apply: September 12th

Rural Vermont Job Openings

Job Opening at Rural Vermont

Rural Vermont seeks an Operations Director. Rural VT organizes, educates and advocates in collaboration with local and global movements to strengthen the social, ecological, and economic health of the agrarian communities that connect us all. 

This position leads day-to-day operations and contributes to communications and development. Primary duties and responsibilities include financial reports, payroll, Salesforce, bookkeeping, budgeting, and more. 

The position is 25 hours per week. Beginning pay is in the $24-26 per hour range. Apply here.

Position is Open Until Filled

Train Crossing Safety PSA

Rural Train Safety Reminder

The Ethan Allen Express is now operating from New York City to Burlington, Vermont will multiple stops throughout the state. 

This new Amtrak route has trains running at 59 miles per hour. Please stay away from the tracks and cross only at designated places. Many train crossings in rural areas do not have gates or lights to warn traffic of an approaching train. 

The rural community should be especially vigilant as the noise of operating equipment may make it impossible to hear the train approaching. The Ethan Allen Express takes more than a mile to stop. 

If you see tracks, think train!

View the Agency’s PSA here

Farm Succession Planner

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