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  • 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

February 12, 2019 - February 15, 2019

Last Updated 2/15/2019 12:58 PM

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

following                           Caucuses and Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain

David Mears, Committee Member, Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain

Bob Fischer, Water Quality Superintendent, South Burlington

Bethany Sargent, Lake Champlain Outreach Coordinator, Watershed Management Division

Jeff Wennberg, Public Works Director, Rutland

 

1:45 PM                   Tax Policy

taxation of CBD

Will Baker, Director of Legal Unit, Department of Taxes

Cary Giguere, Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management

 

2:00 PM                   Committee Discussion and Planning

Definition of Milk

Farm to Plate Reauthorization

Farm to School Grant Assistance

Salvation Farms

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:00 AM                   Fee Bill and Governor's Budget Provisions Related to Agriculture

 Committee discussion

Cary Giguere, Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management

 

10:00 AM                   Farm to Plate Reauthorizaton

Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

 

10:45 AM                   Break

 

11:00 AM                   Regenerative Agriculture

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee

Ethan Allen Room

Jesse McDougall, Studio Hill Farm

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor                   Wetlands

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

 

2:30 PM                   Wetlands

Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Laura DiPietro, Water Quality Division Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Manager, Agency of Natural Resources

 

3:00 AM                   Biochar

Cary Giguere, Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 158 - An act relating to standards for the care of domestic pets

Rep. Tommy Walz, Sponsor

 

9:30 AM                   Vermont Feed Dealers

Jim Walsh, Phoenix Feeds

Rick Zimmerman, Executive Director, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

Caroline Potter, PRO-Dairy

 

10:00 AM                   Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 Budget Overview

Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

11:00 AM                   Farmer Coalitions

Pilot Project for ecosystem services

Marie Audet, Farmer, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition

Jeff Carter, Agronomist/Soil Scientist, UVM Extension

Larry Gervais, Farmers Watershed Alliance

Chuck Ross, Director, University of Vermont Extension

Jeffrey Sanders, UVM Extension

Ben Dykema, Owner, Wilcon Farm

Walter Gladstone, Owner, Newmont Farm

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor                   Tile Drainage

Jeff Carter, Agronomist/Soil Scientist, UVM Extension

Laura DiPietro, Water Quality Division Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor                   Tile Drainage

Laura Klaiber, Research Scientist, Miner Institute

 

11:15 AM                   Wetlands

laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Manager, Agency of Natural Resources

Hannah Smith, Associate General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:00 PM                   H. 79 - An act relating to eligibility for farm-to-school grant assistance

Committee vote

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

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