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The Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape is New Farmers

New farmers will play a lead role in preserving the integrity of Vermont’s future working landscape. On Friday I joined about 300 other stakeholders at the Vermont State House for the Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape.  The … Continue reading

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Prime Ag Soils In Jeopardy? (Part II)

We take a closer look at the Supreme Court’s opinion that the Environmental Court should consider costs of tree removal when determining if Act 250 lands contain “primary agricultural soil.” The decision could set a precedent that puts “prime ag soils in jeopardy,” in other words it could have significant implications for future mitigation funding used to purchase conservation easements. Continue reading

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Prime Ag Soils In Jeopardy?

A recent Vermont Supreme Court Decision ruled in favor of a development project on prime agricultural soils. Because the soils were under forest cover, the developer would not be required to pay into off-site mitigation; the cost of tree removal might be too high to classify the 10 acre plot as “prime agricultural soils.” This could set a precedent with serious implications for Vermont’s potential future farmland base and our ability to sustain new farmers’ operations for the next 100 years. Continue reading

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