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Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

| April 28, 2019 | Featured

Listening to Farmers’ Voices in the Ecosystem Services Discussion

In 2015, the USDA funded a project for UVM researchers to engage in discussions with Vermont farmers about the idea of being paid for ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are things farmers do that improve the environment for everyone, a common example is grass-based farms capturing carbon in the soil as a way to combat climate change. Some services happen naturally through sustainable farming, others take more of an incentive to implement, and either way some policy makers believe that farmers shoudl be compensated for their contribution. 

Brief Update from the Legislature

Local Banquet | March 18, 2019 | Winter 2019

Brief Update from the Legislature

This past Friday, March 15th, was crossover in the state house - this is the day that bills in policy committees need to get voted out of committee if they’re going to stay on deadline for passing this year. It’s a good indicator of priorities, although some bills do get special extensions and budget items have a later deadline. Given that this is a traditional taking stock moment for legislative work, we checked in with some groups that spend a lot of time in the state house to find out their thoughts on legislation to watch.

Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

Helen Labun | February 14, 2019 | Winter 2019

Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

The Vermont Milk Commission recently recommended a path towards supply management in the dairy industry. Supply management is a complicated task that stems from a simple goal: stop creating too much milk. But while we have too much milk in the system overall, we have not enough milk going to some households that want it. Foodbanks on average distribute one gallon of milk per person every year - even though demand is high. How does our "extra" milk get to consumers who want it but can't afford it?  

Farm to Plate Gathering Looks at Progress in Last 10 Years

| November 08, 2018 | Food Systems & Policy

Farm to Plate Gathering Looks at Progress in Last 10 Years

Over 250 members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convened November 1-2, 2018 at the eighth annual Farm to Plate Gathering in Killington to discuss work in increasing jobs and economic development in the Vermont Food System. 

Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

Tatiana Schreiber | September 12, 2018 | Food Systems & Policy

Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

In Vermont, the legal season for collecting wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) runs from September 1 through October 31, making this a good time to follow up on a 2008 Local Banquet article by biologist Rick Enser, "A Gathering Storm." Wild ginseng populations had fallen to concerning levels when he wrote his piece in 2008, what has happened since? 

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