A message from Rural Vermont: On January 31st, Rural Vermont will host the first of several regional raw milk meetings to help raw milk producers prepare for inspection by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. The meetings will also be an opportunity for producers to voice their opinions about ways in which the raw milk law could be improved, and to network with other raw dairy farmers.
Rural Vermont has been informed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s Dairy Section and Animal Health Division that they will be resuming inspections of farms selling raw milk direct to consumers. The agency’s stated purpose is “to ensure that they are in compliance with the statutes enacted several years ago” when the Raw Milk Law (Act 62) was passed in 2009.
The first meeting will be held in Hinesburg from 11am – 3pm on Thursday, January 31. Rural Vermont members attend at no charge and there is a $5 fee for everyone else. For exact location, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 223-7222. Subsequent and similar meetings will be held in February and March in Randolph Center, Townshend, Rutland County, and the Northeast Kingdom. Exact dates to be announced shortly at www.ruralvermont.org.
In conjunction with hosting raw milk meetings, Rural Vermont is also surveying Vermont’s raw milk producers to develop the 2012-2013 Raw Milk Report to the Vermont Legislature. The survey includes questions about 2012 raw milk sales and other issues related to the sale of raw milk. In order to provide a complete and accurate picture of Vermont’s raw milk market, Rural Vermont is seeking input from all farmers who have sold or bartered any quantity of raw milk in 2012. All identifying information will remain confidential. The Raw Milk Survey is available at www.ruralvermont.org, or farmers can request a copy from Robb at (802) 223-7222 or email@example.com.
Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985 that advocates, activates, and educates for living soils, thriving farms, and healthy communities. As the lead advocate in advancing farmers legal rights to sell raw milk, Rural Vermont seeks to engage Vermont farmers and policy leaders to improve current raw milk regulations. For more info or to be added to the mailing list, call (802) 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.