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January 23, 2019

Joint Committee Hearing on Climate Change and Farming

Legislators to Hear of Benefits to Vermont Beyond Food

On Friday, January 25th, an important joint hearing will be conducted in Room 11 at the Vermont State House with the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee, the Senate Agriculture Committee, and House and Senate Natural Resources Committees. The hearing will highlight how Vermont's land is currently managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how those practices might be improved and augmented. Farmers and researchers from the University of Vermont Extension Service will lead the presentation.

What: Joint Committee Hearing on the Environmental Benefits of Agriculture

Where: Vermont State House - Room 11

When: Friday, January 25th - 10am to 11:30am

Who: University of Vermont Extension Service

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM), Multiple Vermont Farmers

Why: Understanding the Role that Farms and Farmers Play in the Water and Climate Conversation.

Vermont's farmers are a critical component of our rural economy, our natural ecosystem, and the state's environmental stewardship efforts. Over the last decade, a substantial amount of emphasis and effort has been directed towards adoption of practices and systems that minimize the impact of agriculture on Vermont's waters and air.

"Vermont's farmers are critical to our state's economy and are playing an important role in the discussion around climate change. This hearing will bring all sides together to discuss what more can be done to improve what's happening on the land, in the air and in the water," said VAAFM Secretary Anson Tebbetts. "We are delighted the legislature has decided to take up this important topic. We encourage the public to attend."

Partnerships, collaborations, incentives, and initiative have all helped farmers and the associated agricultural community work towards these improvements. A benefit to adoption and implementation of these water quality practices has been mitigation and adaptation to an ever changing and erratic climate. This testimony will help us understand where we have been, the progress we have made, and where our future efforts lie on our quest to improve the environment and the viability of agriculture for the state of Vermont.

Please join us for this important discussion. If you cannot attend, please tune into the VAAFM Facebook page where you can watch the hearing live.

For questions please contact:

Scott Waterman

Policy and Communications Director | Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Office 802-828-2179 | Cell 802-622-4662

Scott.Waterman@vermont.gov

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: January 23, 2019 15:30:59
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