Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022 The VPFP recognizes that the conservation of soil and water generates value to the public and directly compensates farms for that value. In this approach, farmers have the flexibility to implement whichever conservation practices they know will work for their own operations each year. $4.9 million dollars are available for farms across four years. The Vermont Envirothon is a statewide competition where high school students put their knowledge of forestry, wildlife, soils and water resources to the test. Participants have the opportunity meet professionals in the field, develop public speaking skills and add to their resume. The team that demonstrates the greatest overall knowledge is selected to represent Vermont at the North American Envirothon event held in Ohio.
Application Deadline: Jan. 26, 2022 The Vermont Family Farmer of the Month is a fund administered by NOFA-VT in partnership with VHCB Farm & Forest Viability Program, Shelburne Farms, and the Vermont Grass Farmers Association.
The Vermont Pay for Phosphorus Program (VPFP) is an innovative new outcomes-based program from the Water Quality division of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM). This program will provide performance-based payments to Vermont farmers for reductions in phosphorus losses from their agricultural fields. Applications are open once again for the Vermont Family Farmer of the Month award. Each month, this fund makes a financial award of $10,000-12,000 to a Vermont family farmer for a project that will improve the viability of their farm. Awards recognize farmers whose businesses are contributing to a resilient Vermont agricultural landscape and demonstrate environmental stewardship and innovation. Applications are due January 26th for March, April, May and June awards.
Webinar: Jan. 18 @ 11 a.m.
Farm hosts have a variety of options for listing their accommodations and experiences and for setting up online reservation systems. Join experienced agritourism operators for a discussion of the options for listing and booking farm stays and experiences. Reaching your Target Market: Booking Sites for Farm Stays and Experiences webinar is free of charge and is a part of a monthly series of virtual agritourism gatherings presented by the International Workshop on Agritourism. Do you know a student or teacher who might be interested? Help us spread the word about this exciting event or register a team.
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