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Rural Vermont to survey state's dairy farmers

All Vermont raw milk farmers and homesteaders are invited to participate in Rural Vermont’s raw milk meetings.

All Vermont raw milk farmers and homesteaders are invited to participate in Rural Vermont’s raw milk meetings.

— Through the end of March, Rural Vermont will host 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 farmers and homesteaders to voice their opinions about ways in which the raw milk law could be improved, and to network and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers. These meetings are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Bob White Systems, Organic Pastures, and the Weston A. Price Foundation.

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 final two meetings of this five part series will be held in Poultney (Rutland County) March 13 and March 23 in Townshend (southeastern), 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

At the same time, Rural Vermont is surveying Vermont’s raw milk producers to develop the Rural Raw Milk Report to the Vermont Legislature.

The survey includes questions about 2012 raw milk sales and other issues related to the sales of raw milk.

Rural Vermont is seeking input from all farmers and homesteaders who have sold any quantity of raw milk in 2012.

All identifying information will remain confidential.

The Raw Milk Survey is available on line at www.ruralvermont.org, or farmers can request a copy from Robb Kidd at 802-223-7222 or robb@ruralvermont.org.

For meeting locations and lunch details, contact shelby@ruralvermont.org or call 802-223-7222.

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