The prospect of a new dairy processing plant in Windham County is good news for dairy farmers around Vermont, said Diane Bothfeld, the director of administrative services and dairy policy for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
“By subsidizing crops, subsidizing the insurance of these crops, we end up with surpluses of one commodity at the expense of a shortage of other crops that should have and could have and would have been planted but weren’t because government masked the signals that market consumers were sending to those producers.”
The House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill is a complete rejection of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 farm bill principles when it comes to farm subsidies.
New Leaf CSA Dummerston and Harlow Farm in Westminster were two of nine recipients of state grants to help them make on-farm improvements to prevent or reduce produce safety risks. In total, VAAFM awarded $74,000 to Vermont produce growers.
During President Barack Obama’s tenure, the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule had been strictly defined to apply to “navigable waterways” but interpreted to mean that even ditches or potholes with water in them could be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. This was a huge overreach.