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Rutland, VT, 05701
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Dates Announced for Listening Sessions with Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture


Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont?  Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers?   Here is an opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture.  Over the past year, Secretary Ross has held listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers.  Two sessions remain in this first series  of listening sessions– a new series will be announced in the spring and will include new locations across the state. Each session will include brief presentations on steps we can each take to be better prepared for an emergency or disaster and   initiatives within VT’s farmland conservation program.   After the presentations, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms and agriculture in general today.

The sessions will be held in the afternoon at the following locations:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 2-4, at the downtown state office building in Bennington

Friday, January 10, 2014 from 1-3, at the library in St. Albans

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802-272-0822 or via email .