Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is seeking input to better understand on-farm incidental businesses (AOFBs) and Act 143. This model expands opportunities for farmers to diversify their operations through an AOFB, such as on-farm sales of agricultural products as well as educational, recreational or social events.

While this business model is critical to supporting the long-term viability of Vermont farmers, current legislation can be difficult to understand and varies from state to state. Therefore, the Legislature has tasked the Natural Resources Board (NRB), with the support of the Agriculture Agency, to prepare a report to analyze current conditions, understand the challenges and offer specific suggestions to help strengthen the AOFBs in Vermont.

To support this work, the Agriculture Agency wants to know how farmers and municipal leaders understand and implement AOFBs. If you are a farmer interested in or operate an AOFB, please complete the “Farmer” survey. If you are a municipal leader, please complete the “Zoning” survey.

Please take a moment to complete the survey below to share your experience and ideas by September 7th. We greatly appreciate your input – please share it widely!

VAAFM careers

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is hiring

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is pleased to significantly expand its team!

They are currently filling two new positions; a Grants Coordinator and an Outreach and Content Specialist. Click below to apply!

The Grants Coordinator will focus on grant management, grantee management, and grant reporting. This position is full-time and pays $24.93 per hour. Apply here.

The Outreach and Content Specialist will lead the development and implementation of the program outreach and communications strategy for the NE-DBIC. This position is full-time and pays $26.42 per hour. Apply here.

Applicants may have the option to work remotely, but must be able to report to a duty station in Montpellier, VT.

Application deadline: August 31

NOFA-VT Agricultural Start-Up Program

Apply to the NOFA-VT Farm Beginnings Program

Applications are now open for NOFA-VT’s Farm Beginnings program. This is a one-year program for aspiring and beginning farmers, designed to help participants start or grow their farming business.

The course focuses on sustainable agriculture and is led by Vermont service providers and farmers.

This is a hybrid virtual and in-person program. From October to March, participants will come together for eight online learning modules, including video lectures, assignments and live virtual meetings.

Participants will deepen their knowledge of all aspects of farm management and develop a business plan. Over the summer, participants will move from the classroom to the fields to work one-on-one with an experienced mentor farmer.

The cost of the program is $500 and begins in mid-October. Apply here.

Application deadline: September 12

Jobs in rural Vermont

Job offer at Rural Vermont

Rural Vermont is looking for an Operations Manager. Rural VT organizes, educates and advocates in collaboration with local and global movements to strengthen the social, ecological and economic health of the agrarian communities that connect us all.

This position directs day-to-day operations and assists with communications and development. Main duties and responsibilities include financial reporting, payroll, Salesforce, accounting, budgeting, etc.

The position is 25 hours per week. The starting salary is between $24 and $26 per hour. Apply here.

The position is open until filled

Level Crossing Safety EPS

Rural Train Safety Reminder

The Ethan Allen Express now operates from New York to Burlington, Vermont, with multiple stops throughout the state.

This new Amtrak route has trains running at 59 miles per hour. Please stay clear of the tracks and cross only at designated places. Many level crossings in rural areas do not have gates or lights to warn traffic of an approaching train.

The rural community must be particularly vigilant because the noise of the equipment in operation can prevent hearing the approaching train. The Ethan Allen Express takes over a mile to stop.

If you see tracks, think train!

See the Agency’s PSA here

Farm Succession Planner