Vt. Agriculture Agency works with governor’s office to outline priorities

Published: Jan. 8, 2023 at 7:07 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - With the new legislative session officially kicked off, it’s time to take a fresh look at agricultural priorities at the state level.

Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture is working with the governor’s office to outline some priorities they hope to hit, starting with aid for dairy farmers through the Dairy Margin Coverage Program, which includes reimbursement to farmers for various costs.

They hope to secure more funding for that program and are also looking at how to support on-farm businesses.

“Farmers are doing things, and they are adding these businesses,” said Diane Bothfeld from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. “What is this, still a farm, not a farm, what do we have here and what can we do to assist farmers for that?”

A priority they consistently look to cover is issues around water quality, and the agency says that is no different this year.