News

March 6, 2014

The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) seeks proposals from interested, qualified individuals or firms for a complete systems analysis of the forest and wood products economy in Vermont. Qualified consultants will possess experience in sector (or cluster) analysis and stakeholder engagement, preferably in the forest and wood products sector, to undertake and execute the comprehensive analysis.

November 14, 2013

The Vermont Agricultural & Forest Products Development Board (VAFPDB) is pleased to announce the election of Lynn Coale to serve as Chair of the Board, and welcomes John Mandeville who will occupy the gubernatorial appointed seat of a person with expertise in rural economic development issues.  The VAFPDB primarily operates as an advisory and policy board performing in-depth analyses of the gaps, barriers, and opportunities in th

November 1, 2013

The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) announces the availability of over $1 million in grant funds for investment into farm, food systems, forestry, and forest products enterprises. Applicant Information Sessions are scheduled for November 4th, 5th, and 6th. Working Lands funds are available in three investment areas:

1.    Agriculture, Forestry & Forest Products: Enterprise Investments - $3,000 - $20,000

October 30, 2013

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, (Act 142), is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

October 23, 2013

The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board: Beverley E. Thurber for the appointment of a representative of Vermont’s dairy industry who is also a dairy farmer, and Joseph W. Nelson for the appointment of a representative of the Vermont forest industry who is also a forester as designated in The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (Act 142).

October 16, 2013

The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the availability of $40,000 in grant funds for investment into VT poultry processing projects. The poultry processing funds are the proceeds from the sale of the state owned mobile poultry processing unit to be reinvested in VT’s poultry processing sector. Applications received must be for the construction of a mobile or fixed, commercially inspected (state or federal) poultry slaughter and/or processing facility.

June 12, 2013

Governor Peter Shumlin, Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller, Dept.

May 2, 2013

Contacts:
Susan Allen, 802-279-8493 

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and the Working Lands Enterprise Board today announced the first round of grant recipients from the “Enterprise Investment Area” of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, with almost $220,000 awarded to 20 grantees representing sectors across agriculture, forestry and forest products.

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