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House of Representatives
  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair
  • Rep. Rodney Graham, Vice Chair
  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, Clerk
  • Rep. Thomas Bock
  • Rep. Charen Fegard
  • Rep. Terry Norris
  • Rep. John O'Brien
  • Rep. Vicki Strong

House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

AGENDA

 

Room 32

January 14, 2020 - January 17, 2020

Last Updated 1/16/2020 2:19 PM

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

10:00 AM                   House Floor Convenes

 

Following adjournment                   Caucuses & Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   H. 254 - An act relating to adequate shelter for livestock

Dr. Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture

JoAnn Nichols, Humane Investigator, Humane Society of Chittenden County

Joe Emenheiser, Animal Science Lecturer, University of Vermont

Jessica Danyow, Chair, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board

Dianne Lashoones, Owner, Water Tower Farm, Marshfield

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association

Harry O'Rourke, Pond Hill Ranch, Castleton, VT

Barry Londeree, Vermont State Director, United States Humane Society

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

9:00 AM                   H. 656 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

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

 

9:30 AM                   Farm to Plate Report

Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Sarah Danly, Farm to Plate Network Manager, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Shane Rogers, Rooted in Vermont Project Manager, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

 

10:30 AM                   H. 656 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

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

Dr. Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets - Invited

Shelley Mehlenbacher, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets - Invited

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor Adjourns                   Committee Activity as Floor Time Allows

Conference Call with Council of State Governments

 

2:15 PM                   Nutrition Discussion

Phosphorus in feed

Diane Norris, Vice President, Addison County Fair and Field Days

 

2:45 PM                   H. 656 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Dr. Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Shelley Mehlenbacher, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

3:45 PM                   H. 562 - An act relating to the definition of agricultural land for the purposes of use value appraisals

Rep. James Harrison, Sponsor, Rutland-Windsor

 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

9:00 AM                   Gund Institute for Environment, UVM

Report

Stephen Posner, Gund Institute for Environment

 

10:00 AM                   H. 656 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

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

Marc Paquette, Section Chief Weights & Measures, Food Safety & Consumer Protection Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Julie Boisvert, Meat Inspection Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Shelley Mehlenbacher, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor adjourns                   H. 674 - An act relating to clarifying the definition of development used for use value appraisals

Rep. John L. Bartholomew, Reporter of bill

Kate Strousse, Executive Assistant, Vermont Department of Taxes

 

-                                   H. 731 - An act relating to establishing a residuals management program at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Rep. Harvey Smith, Sponsor

Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

-                                   H. 732 - An act relating to the right to farm

Rep. Harvey Smith, Sponsor

 

Friday, January 17, 2020

9:30 AM                   House Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor adjourns                   Clean Water Investment Report

Emily Bird, Program Manager, Clean Water Initiative, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

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