Press Releases

Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board Announces New Chair and Board Member Appointments

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 the agricultural and forestry & forest products sectors that are either preventing or enhancing ec

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Grant Applicant Information Sessions

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

APPLICATION DUE: 12/11/2013

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Two New Board Members

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).

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces the Release of Available Poultry Processing Grant Funds

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. With strong justification, a mobile facility operating under the 20,000 bird exemption would be considered.

Gov. Shumlin announces final 16 grantees of the Working Lands Fund

 

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Chuck Ross, Commerce & Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller, Forests, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and the Working Lands Enterprise Board today announced the final grant recipients from the Service Provider and Capital and Infrastructure areas of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, awarding more than $750,000 to 16 grantees representing sectors across agriculture, forestry and forest products.

Working Lands “Service Provider” and “Capital and Infrastructure” grants will be announced at June 18 Press Conference

Governor Peter Shumlin, Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller, Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder, and the Working Lands Enterprise Board will announce the 1st round of grant recipients from the “Service Provider” and “Capital and Infrastructure” investment areas of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund on Tuesday June 18th at 11am at Beaver Brook Tree Farm in Marshfield (directions at bottom of email).

Gov. Shumlin announces 20 grantees of Working Lands Enterprise

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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