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  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair
  • Rep. Rodney Graham, Vice Chair
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House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry




Via Zoom

January 19, 2021 - January 22, 2021

Last Updated 1/22/2021 2:28 PM


Meetings are livestreamed here unless otherwise noted


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

10:00 AM                   House Floor


Following the Floor                   Implicit Bias Prevention Training


12:15 PM                   Lunch and Caucuses


2:00 PM                   Agri-Mark Farmers

Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Agri-Mark

Rob Wheeler, Dairy Farmer and Board Member, Agri-Mark

Marie Audet, Farmer, Agri-Mark

Paul Doton, Dairy Farmer and Board Member, Agri-Mark


2:45 PM                   Wood Products

Kathleen Wanner, Executive Director, Vermont Woodlands Association, Administrator, Vermont Wood Works Council


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

9:00 AM                   Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Brian Carpenter, Board Member VT Dairy Producers Alliance, Champlain Valley Equiptment

Jacob Bourdeau, Owner, Bourdeau Bros Inc and Feed Commodities Inc

Chanin Hill , Secretary, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Cayden Theberge, Member, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Walter Gladstone, Board Member, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Stephanie Pope


10:30 AM                   Break


10:45 AM                   University of Vermont Extension


Leslie Parise, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Vermont

Dan Lerner, Association Director and Chair, State Office, UVM Extension

Heather Darby, Associate Professor, UVM Extension

Lisa Chase , Professor of Agronomy, UVM Extension

Mark Cannella, Associate Professor, UVM Extension

Sarah Kleinman, Director of 4-H, Farmworker, and Family Education Programs, UVM Extension

Kate Forrer, Outreach Specialist, UVM Extension Urban & Community Forestry


12:00 PM                   Committee Adjourns


1:15 PM                   House Floor


15 minutes after Floor Adjourns                   Salvation Farms

Theresa Snow, Director, Salvation Farms

Greta Hasler, Strategy and Advocacy Coordinator, Salvation Farms


2:30 PM                   Congressional Delegation

Tom Berry, Policy Advisor on Agriculture, Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources, Office of Sen. Leahy

Erica Campbell, Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Ryan McLaren, Outreach Representative, Office of Congressman Peter Welch

Andrew Bahrenburg, Organizer, Advocate, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy


3:30 PM                   Committee Adjourns


Thursday, January 21, 2021

9:00 AM                   Center For an Agricultural Economy

Jon Ramsey, Executive  Director, Center for an Agricultural Economy

Michael Heath, Center for an Agricultural Economy


9:45 AM                   Vermont Forest Products Association

Ed Larson, Lobbyist, Vermont Forest Products Association


10:15 AM                   Break


10:30 AM                   Vermont Council on Rural Development

Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development


11:25 AM                   Committee Adjourns


1:15 PM                   House Floor


15 minutes after Floor adjourns                   H. 88 - An act relating to certification of agricultural use for purposes of the use value appraisal program

Rep. David Durfee, Bill Sponsor - Invited


-                                   H. 67 - An act relating to bears doing damage to agricultural crops

Rep. James Harrison, Sponsor


2:45 PM                   Forest Carbon

Nick Richardson, President & CEO, Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition

Bill Roper, Land Use Consultant, Slow Communities


3:30 PM                   Committee Adjourns


Friday, January 22, 2021

9:30 AM                   House Floor


15 minutes after  Floor adjournment                   Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Jill Arace, Executive Director, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Hilary Solomon, Manager, Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District

Brodie Haenke, Conservation Specialist, Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District

Justin Michaud, Conservation Planner, Newport, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Jennifer Byrne, District Manager, White RIver Natural Resources Conservation District


11:30 AM                   Committee Adjourns




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If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at lleehman@leg.state.vt.us