20 Million Acres by 2020

When it comes to resiliency, cover crops are a no brainer!

GREEN COVER...This Vermont field is looking good with a green cover crop in December.

GREEN COVER…This Vermont field is looking good with a green cover crop in December.

Although the temperatures are still cold outside, every farmer I know is busily planning their cropping season.  Whether it’s a vegetable grower firing up their greenhouse and anxiously awaiting their seed orders, grazers counting the days until their animals get to go back out on pasture, orchardists finishing  up their winter pruning or field crop growers making final decisions on crop rotations and updating their  nutrient management plans…all are gearing up for another busy growing season.  This is the essence of farming.  Each year a new season.  Each year a new start.  Each year another opportunity to try something new as you grow food to nourish your neighbors and beyond. Continue reading

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Health Insurance Sign-Up: Deadline is March 15

Vermont agricultural employers need to make important decisions in the coming weeks regarding health insurance, as many plans that farmers and food businesses have relied on in the past will end on March 31.

If your plan is ending, you need to enroll in a health plan through Vermont Health Connect by March 15 for coverage that will take effect April 1st 2014. If you enroll between March 15th and March 31st 2014, coverage will begin on May 1st, 2104, and may result in a gap in coverage. Continue reading

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Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System

UVM and The Food Systems Graduate Program will host the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) June 18-22, 2014.

In this post, guest blogger Serena Parnau, from the UVM Food Systems Graduate program, provides an overview of the conference, how it will highlight Vermont innovations and successes, and ways you can join in. Continue reading

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