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S.351 (Act 138)

An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Senate Committee on Agriculture
7/2/2020 - Signed by Governor on July 2, 2020
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Senate 7/2/2020 - Signed by Governor on July 2, 2020
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An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Detailed Status

Regular Session 2019-2020
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An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Roll Call History

Regular Session 2019-2020
Body Date Journal Location Full Status

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An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee Meetings

Regular Session 2019-2020
Meeting Date Committee
An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Meeting Full List

Regular Session 2019-2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Update: Overview of federal COVID-19 money for agriculture; farmers markets and essential workers list; H2A seasonal workers program; federal farm insurance marginal protetion program.

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Laura Ginsburg, Agricultural Development Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Kyle Harris, Agricultural Development Specialist, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
11:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

continuation of update


Thursday, April 9, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Update: milk processors capacity; community gardens; farmers markets ability to open; testing of sludge for hearvy metals; H2A workers program status.

Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
John Snell, Board Member, Montpelier Farmers Market
Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
11:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Update

Chuck Ross, Director, University of Vermont Extension

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Vermont Food Systems

Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
10:40 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Farmers Markets

Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
11:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Dairy supply management

Catherine DeRonde, Senior Economist, Agri-Mark
Leon Berthiaume, CEO, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Migrant farm workers

Will Lambek, Organizer, Migrant Justice
Jose Ignacio De La Cruz, Dairy Worker
Dan Baker, Professor, UVM
Julia Doucet, Outreach Nurse and Nurse Case Manager, Open Door Clinic, Middlebury
Sarah Kleinman, Extension Director of 4-H, Farmworker, and Family Education Programs, University of Vermont Extension
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:15 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Congressional delegation

Ryan McLaren, Outreach Representative, Office of Congressman Peter Welch
Erica Campbell, Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders
Tom Berry, Policy Advisor on Agriculture, Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources, Office of Sen. Leahy

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Migrant workers; Dairy issues

Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Bill Rowell, Chair of Board, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, May 1, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
8:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Support for farmers in Vermont

Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
Hannah Sessions, Owner, Blue Ledge Farm, Leicester
Paul Stone, Owner, Stonewood Farm, Orwell
Brian Kemp, President, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition
Will Stevens, Owner, Golden Russet Farm
Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Jon Erickson, Professor, University of Vermont

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Update from Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Status of Farmers Markets

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
10:15 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Impact on migrant workers

Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity, Agency of Administration
10:45 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Regional Food Supply and the Future of Farming in Vermont

Jon Erickson, Professor, University of Vermont

Friday, May 8, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Monday, May 11, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Effects on farm community

Heather Darby, Agronomy Specialist, UVM Extension
Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association
Joseph Tisbert, President, Vermont Farm Bureau
Andrea Stander, Policy Consultant, Rural Vermont
Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
Brian Kemp, President, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition
Bill Rowell, Chair of Board, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Green Mountain Dairy Farmers
Steven Reviczky, Executive Director, Vermont Farm Bureau

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Agricultural industry financial challenges

Cassie Polhemus, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Economic Development Authority
10:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Ela Chapin, Farm and Forest Viability Program Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

farmer support

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Friday, May 22, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
-

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Farm aid

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Food security; Governor's proposals

Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont FEED Project Director, Vermont Farm to School Network
Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
Andrea Stander, Policy Consultant, Rural Vermont
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, May 29, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
10:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Farm support

Darlene Reynolds, DFA Farmer of the Year for 2019, Crossroads Dairy
Denna Benjamin, Riverview Farm, Franklin
Will Gladstone, Newmont Farm, Bradford
Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
Bill Rowell, Chair of Board, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee discussion: Farm support package

E.B. Flory, Dairy Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Ela Chapin, Farm and Forest Viability Program Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Nick Richardson, President & CEO, Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
15 minutes after Adjournment

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee discussion on aid to farmers

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
5:00 PM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee discussion and vote

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
1:30 PM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
-

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

committee discussion

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
9:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, , House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
1:00 PM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Friday, June 19, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
-

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Sen. Robert Starr, Essex/Orleans Counties
Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, June 19, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
After Floor

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee Discussion


Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
1:30 PM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Proposed Amendment

Rep. James Gregoire, Franklin District

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
8:30 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Amendment to S.351

Rep. James Gregoire, Sponsor of amendment, Franklin District
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Rep. Charles Conquest, Reporter of Amendment, House Committee on Appropriations
following House adjournment

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Agriculture
11:00 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
8:40 AM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee Discussion


Thursday, June 25, 2020
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
1:30 PM

S.351 - An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

proposed amendment

Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Witnesses Who Testified

Regular Session 2019-2020
House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Rep. Charles Conquest, Reporter of Amendment, House Committee on Appropriations
  • Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Rep. James Gregoire, Sponsor of amendment, Franklin District
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Robert Starr, Essex/Orleans Counties
House Committee on Appropriations
  • Rep. James Gregoire, Franklin District
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
Senate Committee on Agriculture
  • Dan Baker, Professor, UVM
  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Denna Benjamin, Riverview Farm, Franklin
  • Tom Berry, Policy Advisor on Agriculture, Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources, Office of Sen. Leahy
  • Leon Berthiaume, CEO, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Erica Campbell, Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Ela Chapin, Farm and Forest Viability Program Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Heather Darby, Agronomy Specialist, UVM Extension
  • Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity, Agency of Administration
  • Jose Ignacio De La Cruz, Dairy Worker
  • Catherine DeRonde, Senior Economist, Agri-Mark
  • Julia Doucet, Outreach Nurse and Nurse Case Manager, Open Door Clinic, Middlebury
  • Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Jon Erickson, Professor, University of Vermont
  • Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • E.B. Flory, Dairy Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Laura Ginsburg, Agricultural Development Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Will Gladstone, Newmont Farm, Bradford
  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Kyle Harris, Agricultural Development Specialist, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Brian Kemp, President, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Sarah Kleinman, Extension Director of 4-H, Farmworker, and Family Education Programs, University of Vermont Extension
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Green Mountain Dairy Farmers
  • Will Lambek, Organizer, Migrant Justice
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Ryan McLaren, Outreach Representative, Office of Congressman Peter Welch
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, , House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
  • Cassie Polhemus, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Steven Reviczky, Executive Director, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Darlene Reynolds, DFA Farmer of the Year for 2019, Crossroads Dairy
  • Nick Richardson, President & CEO, Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition
  • Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont FEED Project Director, Vermont Farm to School Network
  • Chuck Ross, Director, University of Vermont Extension
  • Bill Rowell, Chair of Board, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Hannah Sessions, Owner, Blue Ledge Farm, Leicester
  • John Snell, Board Member, Montpelier Farmers Market
  • Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Andrea Stander, Policy Consultant, Rural Vermont
  • Will Stevens, Owner, Golden Russet Farm
  • Paul Stone, Owner, Stonewood Farm, Orwell
  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Joseph Tisbert, President, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

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No committee of conference members found for S.351 in the Regular Session 2019-2020.
An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee of Conference Meetings

Regular Session 2019-2020
Meeting Date Committee
An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Committee of Conference Meeting Full List

Regular Session 2019-2020
No committee of conference meeting history found for S.351 in the Regular Session 2019-2020.
No committee of conference report found for S.351 in the Regular Session 2019-2020.

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Act

  • Signed into law 7/2/2020
  • An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

    Statutes Affected

    Regular Session 2019-2020

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Staff & Other Information

Staff
Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel

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