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House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Room 32)

The House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry considers matters relating to agriculture and forestry, forest products and their market, and state parks and lands.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

1:30 PM

House Floor


Thursday, January 7, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:00 AM

Joint Assembly to hear Canvassing Committee Report

Canvassing Committee Report

10:15 AM

Caucuses

1:00 PM

Committee Introductions

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:00 PM

Joint Assembly for Governor's Remarks

Governor's Remarks

-

House Floor


Friday, January 8, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

11:30 AM

Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Introductions and overview

  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Laura DiPietro, Water Quality Division Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • E.B. Flory, Dairy Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Katherine McNamara, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
1:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held immediately following the Floor

1:00 PM

House Floor

Following Adjournment of Floor

Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition

Update

  • Marie Audet, Farmer, Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition
  • Brian Kemp, President, Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition
  • John Roberts, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition
-

Committee discussion regarding scope of work

3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Farm Bureau

Update

  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau
9:30 AM

Rural Vermont

Update

  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Graham Unangst-Rufehacht, Policy Director, Rural Vermont
10:00 AM

Committee Discussion

1:15 PM

House Floor

-

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training


Thursday, January 14, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation

Update

  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Forests. Parks and Recreation
10:00 AM

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Update

  • Ela Chapin, Farm and Forest Viability Program Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Liz Gleason, Viability Program Manager, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Mariah Noth, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
11:00 AM

NOFA-VT

Update

  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Jen Miller, Farmer Services Director, NOFA-VT
  • Grace Oedel, Executive Director, NOFA VT
  • Helen Rortvedt, Farm to School Program Director, NOFA VT
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after adjournment

Connecticut River Farmers Watershed Alliance

  • Walter Gladstone, Owner, Newmont Farm
  • Elizabeth Kennett, Owner, Liberty Hill Farm
2:30 PM

Vermont Technical College

  • Pat Moulton , President, Vermont Technical College
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, January 15, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

11:30 AM

Family Farms in Vermont

  • Ashlyn Bristle, Owner, Rebop Farm
  • Abbie Corse, Owner, Corse Family Farm
  • Norah Lake, Owner, Sweetland Farm
  • Suzanne Long, Owner, Luna Bleu Farm
12:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Following the Floor

Implicit Bias Prevention Training

12:15 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:00 PM

Agri-Mark Farmers

  • Marie Audet, Farmer, Agri-Mark
  • Paul Doton, Dairy Farmer and Board Member, Agri-Mark
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Agri-Mark
  • Rob Wheeler, 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
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

  • Jacob Bourdeau, Owner, Bourdeau Bros Inc and Feed Commodities Inc
  • Brian Carpenter, Board Member VT Dairy Producers Alliance, Champlain Valley Equiptment
  • Walter Gladstone, Board Member, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Chanin Hill , Secretary, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Stephanie Pope
  • Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Cayden Theberge, Member, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

University of Vermont Extension

  • Mark Cannella, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
  • Lisa Chase , Professor of Agronomy, UVM Extension
  • Heather Darby, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
  • Kate Forrer, Outreach Specialist, UVM Extension Urban & Community Forestry
  • Sarah Kleinman, Director of 4-H, Farmworker, and Family Education Programs, UVM Extension
  • Dan Lerner, Association Director and Chair, State Office, UVM Extension
  • Leslie Parise, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Vermont
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor Adjourns

Salvation Farms

  • Greta Hasler, Strategy and Advocacy Coordinator, Salvation Farms
  • Theresa Snow, Director, Salvation Farms
2:30 PM

Congressional Delegation

  • Andrew Bahrenburg, Organizer, Advocate, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy
  • 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
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, January 21, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Center For an Agricultural Economy

  • Michael Heath, Center for an Agricultural Economy
  • Jon Ramsey, Executive Director, 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 the use value appraisal program.

  • Rep. David Durfee, Bill Sponsor
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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
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjournment

Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

  • Jill Arace, Executive Director, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
  • Jennifer Byrne, District Manager, White RIver Natural Resources Conservation District
  • Brodie Haenke, Conservation Specialist, Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District
  • Justin Michaud, Conservation Planner, Newport, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
  • Hilary Solomon, Manager, Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District
11:30 AM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held immediately following the Floor

1:00 PM

Governor's FY2022 Budget Address

Joint Assembly

following the Joint Assembly

Gund Institute for Environment, UVM

  • Stephen Posner, Director of Policy, Gund Institute for Environment
2:45 PM

Food Security

  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.58 - An act relating to creating a right to repair agricultural equipment

  • Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Sponsor
9:45 AM

Break

10:00 AM

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee and House Commerce and Economic Development Committee

  • Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Ela Chapin, Farm and Forest Viability Program Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Eric DeLuca, Vice Chair, Working Lands Enterprise Board
  • Ken Gagnon, Owner, Gagnon Lumber
  • Adam Hausmann, Owner, Adam's Berry Farm
  • Judith Irving, Owner, Fat Toad Farm
  • Sarah Isham, Director of Agricultural Lending, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Ben Nottermann, Owner, Snug Valley Farm
  • Riva Reynolds, Owner, Stannard Farm
  • Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Program Manager, Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Forests. Parks and Recreation
  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Gabrielle Tuite, Owner, Old Road Farm
11:30 AM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Farm to School

Update

  • Hayden Adams, Senior, Harwood Union High School
  • Antony Jeswin, Sophomore, Harwood Union High School
  • Jasper Koliba, Senior, Harwood Union High School
  • Trevor Lowell, Farm to Institution Program Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Faye Mack, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont
  • Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont FEED Project Director, Vermont Farm to School Network
  • Maggie Rubick, Preschool Teacher, Northshire Day School
  • Harley Sterling, School Nutrition Director, Windham Northeast Supervisory Union
3:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, January 28, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.89 - An act relating to limiting liability for agritourism

  • Kevin Gaffney, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation, Insurance Division
  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Michael Yantachka, Sponsor
9:45 AM

Break

10:00 AM

Vermont Dairy Industry Price Regulations: Assessment and Recommendations

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee
Please click here for the livestream

  • Marie Audet, Owner, Blue Spruce Farm
  • Eugene Audet, Owner, Blue Spruce Farm
  • Leon Berthiaume, Senior Advisor, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kiersten Bourgeois, Business Development and Communications Manager, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
  • Jane Clifford, Dairy Producer, Starksboro
  • Catherine DeRonde, Vice President, Agri-Mark
  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Larry Gervais, Owner, Gervais Family Farm
  • Bob Gray, Dairy Policy Advisor, Northeast Farmers Cooperative
  • Steve Kayhart, Kayhart Brothers, West Addison
  • Jennifer Lambert, Dairy Farmer/operator, Lambert Farm
  • Scott Magnan, Board Chair, Farmers Watershed Alliance
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Darlene Reynolds, Owner, Crossroads Dairy
  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation
  • John Roberts, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition
  • Bill Rowell, Green Mountain Dairy, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Dan Smith
  • Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance
  • Karie Thompson Atherton, Owner, Aires-Hill Farm and Creamery
  • Stephanie Walsh, Director, Industry and Community Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Rob Wheeler, Dairy Farmer and Board Member, Agri-Mark
  • Mary White, Chair, Dairy Committee, Vermont Farm Bureau
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Farmers Watershed Alliance

  • Heather Darby, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
  • Larry Gervais, Owner, Gervais Family Farm
  • Scott Magnan, Board Chair, Farmers Watershed Alliance
  • Nick Mannng, Farmers Watershed Alliance Board Member, Manning Dairy Farm
3:00 PM

Council of State Governments

  • David Biette, Director, Council of State Governments
  • Bob Haefner, Council of State Governments
  • Tara Sad, Council of State Governments
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, January 29, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Current Use

Primer in current use

  • Jill Remick, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held immediately following the Floor

1:00 PM

Animal Welfare

Animal shelter

  • Aimee Braxmeier, Owner, Hildene Farm and Goat Dairy
  • Joan Falcao, Owner, Health Hero Farm, South Hero
  • Robert Fireovid, Owner, Health Hero Farm, South Hero
  • Kimberly Hagen, Grazing Outreach Specialist
  • Annie Hopper, Owner, Scuttleship Farm
  • Niko Horster, Owner, Shire Beef, Vermont Grass Farmers Association
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Dave Martin, Owner, Settlement Farm
  • Graham Unangst-Rufehacht, Policy Director, Rural Vermont
  • Adam Wilson, Brush Brook Community Farm
2:00 PM

Agricultural Innovation

  • Heather Darby, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Christina Ashley, Essex Police Department
  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kent Henderson, Northwest Veterinary Associates, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
  • Steve Kayhart, Kayhart Brothers, West Addison
  • Brian Kemp, President, Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition, Mountain Meadows Farm
  • Rhonda Miller, Owner, Molly Brook Farm
  • Ben Notterman, Owner, Snug Valley Farm
  • Tara Oeschger, Northeast Kingdom Processing, LLC
  • Omar Oyarzabal, UVM Extension
10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

How to Read a Bill

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
10:45 AM

Everyone Eats

  • Richard Berkfeld, Executive Director, Food Counts
  • Kara Fitzbeauchamp, Owner, Evening Song Farm
  • Jean Hamilton, Vermont Everyone Eats Program Manager, SEVCA, ShiftMeals and The Skinny Pancake
  • Gary Holloway, Downtown Program Manager - Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Michael Wegner, District Manager, The Works Bakery and Cafe
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Vermont Economic Development Authority

update

  • Sarah Isham, Director of Agricultural Lending, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Cassie Polhemus, CEO, Vermont Economic Development Authority
2:45 PM

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center

  • Laura Ginsburg, Agricultural Development Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, February 4, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Glyphosate

An overview
Joint hearing with House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

Committee Bill

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.58 - An act relating to creating a right to repair agricultural equipment

  • Nathan Proctor, Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG National Right to Repair
2:45 PM

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

  • Jennie Amirkiaee, Maple Valley Farm
  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Elizabeth Kennett, Owner, Liberty Hill Farm
  • Bob Kennett, Owner, Liberty Hill Farm
  • Rick Shortleff, Maple Valley Farm
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, February 5, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.89 - An act relating to limiting liability for agritourism

  • Lisa Chase , Professor of Agronomy, University of Vermont Extension
  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Elizabeth Kennett, Owner, Liberty Hill Farm
  • Rick Lunt, Vice President, Dynamic Business Solutions
  • Tara Pereira, Executive Director, Vermont Fresh Network
11:30 AM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the floor

1:00 PM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kaitlynn Levine, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Marc Paquette, Section Chief Weights & Measures, Food Safety & Consumer Protection Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
2:30 PM

Break

2:45 PM

Vermont Farm Bureau

Update

  • Jackie Folsom, Legislative Director, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Shane Keady, President, Orange County Farm Bureau
  • Steven Reviczky, Executive Director, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Joseph Tisbert, President, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Mary White, Vice President, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Art Whitman, President, Bennington County Farm Bureau
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.58 - An act relating to creating a right to repair agricultural equipment

  • Brian Carpenter, Owner Champlain Valley Equipment and Chair, Middlebury Selectboard
  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau
9:45 AM

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

  • Colonel Jason Batchelder, Director of Law Enforcement, Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Jason Gravelle, Warden, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Forrest Hammond, Bear Biologist, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Mark Scott, Wildlife Director, Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Mary White, Chair, Dairy Committee, Vermont Farm Bureau
10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

H.89 - An act relating to limiting liability for agritourism

  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agriculture Law Center Staff
  • Mary White, Chair, Dairy Committee, Vermont Farm Bureau
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Heidi Krantz, Vermont Horse Council
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, February 11, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Farm to Plate Report

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee
livestream here

  • Terence Bradshaw, Assistant Professor, UVM Extension
  • Mark Cannella, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
  • Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Heather Darby, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Faye Mack, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont
  • Lauren Masseria, Senior Market Development Specialist, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Randy Quenneville, Former Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Becka Warren, Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Project Coordinator and Editor, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Rose Wilson, Consultant
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Proposed budget for the Agency

  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Amy Mercier, Financial Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
3:00 PM

H.186 - An act relating to the sale of shell eggs

  • Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Sponsor
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, February 12, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

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

  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
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H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Forests. Parks and Recreation
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor

1:00 PM

House Floor

3:00 PM

H.421 - An act relating to animal cruelty investigation response and training

  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, former member, House Agriculture and Forestry Committee
  • Jessica Danyow, Chair, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board
  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mary McFaun, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.88 - An act relating to the use value appraisal program.

  • Jill Remick, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
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Adequate Shelter

  • Jill Remick, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
9:45 AM

Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association

Update

  • Jeff Bartley, Sales/Marketing Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition
  • Jackie Folsom, Legislative Director, Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association
  • Alan Howe, President, Tunbridge Fair
  • Richard Lawrence, President & Director, Caledonia County Fair
  • Diane Norris, President, Addison County Fair and Field Days
  • Jason Sicard, President, Orleans County Fair
10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

H.89 - An act relating to limiting liability for agritourism

possible committee vote

  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Adam Necrason, Lobbyist, Vermont Association for Justice
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
11:30 AM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

  • Rep. Heather Surprenant, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Kanika Gandhi, Agrichemical Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
2:45 PM

New England Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

Update

  • John Clark, President, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance
  • Andy Dugan, Executive Committee member; Chair, Government Relations Committee, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Arthur Whitman, Vermont Seed Dealers Association, member
  • Rick Zimmerman, Executive Director, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, February 18, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Clara Ayer, Fairmont Farms, East Montpelier
  • Barrett Grimm, Co-Chair, Huntington Conservation Commission
  • Katie Rose Leonard, Snow Farm
  • Stephanie Pope, Iroquois Acres
  • Don Stevens, Chief, Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation
  • Abby White, Vice President for Strategic Communications, Vermont Land Trust
10:25 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Election of a Sergeant at Arms, an Adjutant and Inspector General, and Trustees of the UVM and State Agricultural College

Joint Assembly

following Joint Assembly

Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Budget recommendations

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after the Floor

Budget Recommendations

  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, February 19, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor

Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan

Agriculture Committee bill elements

  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor

1:00 PM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services & Dairy Policy, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:00 PM

Break

2:15 PM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

  • Kylie Cook, Owner, Sunday Bell Farm
  • E.B. Flory, Dairy Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kent Henderson, Northwest Veterinary Associates, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
  • Natalie Kwit, State Public Health Veterinarian, Department of Health
  • Rich Larson, Owner, Larson Farm and Creamery
  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont
  • Elisabeth Wirsing, Senior Environmental Health Program Manager, Department of Health
3:30 PM

Definition of Humane Officer

walk-through of new bill

  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
4:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Definition of Humane Officer

  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, former member, House Agriculture and Forestry Committee
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
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Adequate Shelter for Livestock

  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, former member, House Agriculture and Forestry Committee
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Graham Unangst-Rufehacht, Policy Director, Rural Vermont
10:00 AM

H.88 - An act relating to the use value appraisal program.

possible vote on bill

  • Abby Shepard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.186 - An act relating to the sale of shell eggs

  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:45 PM

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

  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, February 25, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Kanika Gandhi, Agrichemical Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
9:45 AM

Break

10:00 AM

Council of State Governments East

webinar from 10 - Noon

1:15 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

Results of the Votes for Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, Trustees of the UVM and State Agricultural College

Joint Assembly

15 minutes after Joint Assembly adjourns

Adequate Shelter for Livestock

Report from the Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council

  • Ruth Blauwiekel, UVM Veterinarian, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Kent Henderson, Northwest Veterinary Associates, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
3:00 PM

H.421 - An act relating to animal cruelty investigation response and training

  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, February 26, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.421 - An act relating to animal cruelty investigation response and training

possible vote

  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
11:00 AM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

possible vote

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor

1:00 PM

Results of the Votes for Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, Trustees of the UVM and State Agricultural College

Joint Assembly

Following adjournment of Joint Assembly

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Kanika Gandhi, Agrichemical Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:30 PM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

  • Becky Allen, Food Animal Veterinarian, Addison County
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont
3:00 PM

H.108 - An act relating to Vermont standards for issuing a Clean Water Act section 401 certification

  • Rep. Katherine "Kari" Dolan, House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife
  • Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Adequate Shelter for Livestock

  • Brandon Bless, Bread and Butter Farm
  • Jessica Danyow, Chair, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board
  • Bruce Hennesey, Maple Wind Farm
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Barry Londeree, Former Vermont State Director, Humane Society of the United States
  • Mary McFaun, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board
  • Justin Poulin, Poulin And Daughters Farm, Randolph
  • Graham Unangst-Rufehacht, Policy Director, Rural Vermont
10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Jared Carpenter, , Lake Champlain Committee
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Andrew Shively, Highway Division Hazardous Materials Unit Manager, VTrans
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

  • Roy Folsom, Elite Certified Farm Agent, Nationwide Agribusiness
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, March 11, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
9:30 AM

Adequate Shelter for Livestock

  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
10:45 AM

Break

11:00 AM

Committee bills

Committee discussion

11:30 AM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kanika Gandhi, Agrichemical Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

following Floor adjournment

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

Committee discussion

3:15 PM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

Committee discussion

3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, March 12, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

  • James Donegan, Owner, Trillium Hill Farm
  • Rich Larson, Owner, Larson Farm and Creamery
  • Suzanne Long, Owner, Luna Bleu Farm
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont
11:30 AM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
12:00 PM

Break

12:30 PM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

discussion and possible vote

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
1:00 PM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

discussion and possible vote

  • Becky Allen, Addison County
  • E.B. Flory, Dairy Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Rich Larson, Owner, Larson Farm and Creamery
  • Suzanne Long, Owner, Luna Bleu Farm
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the floor

1:50 PM

S.100 - An act relating to universal school breakfast and the creation of the Task Force on Universal School Lunch

  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Sponsor, Chittenden County
-

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Kelley McGill, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:30 AM

Rural Vermont

Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee. Livestream here.

  • Jericho Bicknell
  • Sam Bromberg, Mountain Fire Farm
  • Cat Buxton, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition
  • Buster Caswell, Activist, Agricultural worker housing
  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Evan Hoyt, Brush Brook Community Farm
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Jane Lanza, This is Family Tree
  • Stephen Leslie, Owner, Cedar Mountain Farm and Cobb Hill Cheese
  • Suzanne Long, Owner, Luna Bleu Farm
  • Jesse Lukas, GMC Farms, LLC
  • Rev. M Moretti, Owner, Murmuration Farm
  • Allan Reetz, Director of Public and Government Affairs, Hanover Co-op
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Thursday, March 18, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, former member, House Agriculture and Forestry Committee
  • E.B. Flory, Dairy Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, State Vet, Director, Food Safety, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Carl Rosenquist, , House Committee On Human Services
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Friday, March 19, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

Consideration of amendment

  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, former member, House Agriculture and Forestry Committee
  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Amendment Sponsor, House Committee On Human Services
  • Mollie Wills, Rural Vermont
9:15 AM

Committee Adjourns

9:30 AM

House Floor


Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor


Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain

Update on committee activity

  • Wayne Elliott, committee member, Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain
  • Bob Fisher, committee member, Vermont Citizens Advisory Commission on Lake Champlain's Future
  • Mark Naud , Chair, Vermont Citizens Advisory Commission on Lake Champlain's Future
  • Hilary Solomon, committee member, Vermont Citizens Advisory Commission on Lake Champlain's Future
  • Jeff Wennberg, committee member, Vermont Citizens Advisory Commission on Lake Champlain's Future
10:00 AM

Regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

S.102

  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
11:00 AM

Regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

S.102

  • Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, WMPD Solid Waste Program, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Eamon Twohig, Program Manager, Residuals Management and Emerging Contaminants Program, Department of Environmental Conservation
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Thursday, March 25, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

S.102

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
10:15 AM

Committee Adjourns

10:30 AM

Retention of Superior Court Judges and Magistrates

Joint assembly

1:15 PM

House Floor


Friday, March 26, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

1:00 PM

Senate Amendments

H.315

1:15 PM

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Louise Calderwood, Director of Regulatory Affairs, American Feed Industry Association
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Biotechnology Innovation Org, National Animal Supplement Council, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance
  • Steven LaRosa, Neighbor to food residual composting facility
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Thursday, April 1, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Kurt Ericksen, General Manager, Vermont Compost Company
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Tom Gilbert, Owner/Operator, Black Dirt Farm, Stannard VT
  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Karl Hammer, Owner, Vermont Compost Co.
  • Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, WMPD Solid Waste Program, Department of Environmental Conservation
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

Results of the Votes for Retention of Superior Court Judges and Magistrates

Joint Assembly

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, April 2, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Committee Check-In

11:30 AM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment


Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Food Security

  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

2:30 PM

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Lisa DeSmet, Vice President, Quality/Regulatory, FoodScience
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist
  • Sarah Phillips, Vice President and General Manager, Animal Business Unit, FoodScience
  • Sharon Rossi, CEO, FoodScience
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, April 8, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Technical College

Revisioned Agriculture and Food Systems Program
Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Regina Beidler, Program Specialist Organic Valley, Beidler Family Farm
  • Louise Calderwood, Owner, Echo Hill Farm Maple Products
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Pat Moulton , President, Vermont Technical College
10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

Ecosystem Services

  • Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, April 9, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, WMPD Solid Waste Program, Department of Environmental Conservation
11:30 AM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

1:00 PM

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Grazing and Pasture Management

Transitioning conventional dairy to grazing

  • Heather Darby, Associate Professor, UVM Extension
10:15 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Rural Vermont and NOFA-VT

Joint Hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee
Livestream here.

  • Cat Buxton, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition
  • - Chris, West Crescent Farm
  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
  • Shawn Lenihan, Kismet Farm
  • Stephen Leslie, Owner, Cedar Mountain Farm and Cobb Hill Cheese
  • Rose Thackeray, Union Brook Farm
  • Emily Virzi, Union Brook Farm
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, April 15, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Federal Agriculture Issues

  • Andrew Bahrenburg, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy
  • 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
10:15 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Agriculture Issues

Preventing the dumping of milk

  • Kiersten Bourgeois, Business Development and Communications Manager, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Jennifer Huson, Senior Director of Council and Industry Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America
11:00 AM

Regional Food System

  • Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Friday, April 16, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

1:00 PM

Forestry issues

  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Forests. Parks and Recreation
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

Agricultural Housing

Joint hearing with House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. Livestream here.

  • Dan Baker, Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics, UVM
  • Marita Canedo, Representative, Migrant Justice
  • Ernest A. Caswell , Farm Worker Housing Activist, Milton
  • Tom Fritzsche, Executive Director, Milk with Dignity Standards Council
  • Liz Gleason, Director, VHCB Farm and Forest Viability Program
  • John Ryan, Owner, Development Cycles
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Following Joint Hearing

Committee Check-In

12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after House Floor adjourns

Committee Check-In

3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Thursday, April 22, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Working Lands Enterprise Board

Enterprise Finance Options
Joint hearing with Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Will Belongia, Vermont Community Loan Fund
  • Eric DeLuca, Enterprise Financing Options Committee Chair, Working Lands Enterprise Board
  • Lane Fury, Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Sarah Isham, Director of Agricultural Lending, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Dave Lane, Senior Vice President, Yankee Farm Credit
  • Joel Moyer, Fair Food Fund
  • Benneth Phelps, Dirt Capital Partners
  • Michael Philipp, Regenerative Food Network
  • Jon Ramsey, Executive Director, Center for an Agricultural Economy
  • Siobhan Smith, Vermont Land Trust
  • Janice St. Onge, President, Flexible Capital Fund
  • Janice St.Onge, President, Flexible Capital Fund
  • Gaye Symington, Executive Director, High Meadows Fund
  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
10:30 AM

Break

10:45 AM

Committee Work

12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Agricultural Housing

  • Liz Gleason, Director, VHCB Farm and Forest Viability Program
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Friday, April 23, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:00 AM

Council on State Government

Webinar


Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

2:00 PM

Agricultural Housing

  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Liz Gleason, Director, VHCB Farm and Forest Viability Program
  • Nick Richardson, President & CEO, Vermont Land Trust
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
3:30 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

H.218 - An act relating to the sale of unpasteurized raw milk

-

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
9:00 AM

Forestry issues

  • Christi Colton, General Manager, Colton Enterprises
  • Colleen Goodridge, Owner, Goodridge Lumber
  • Ed Larson, Lobbyist, Vermont Forest Products Association
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Forests. Parks and Recreation
10:00 AM

Vermont Fairs and Field Days

Update

  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Thursday, April 29, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:15 PM

House Floor


Friday, April 30, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.102 - An act relating to the regulation of agricultural inputs for farming

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
9:30 AM

House Floor


Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

Following caucuses, approx. 1:30 PM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:00 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:40 AM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Consideration of Senate Amendment

  • Julie Boisvert, Meat Inspection Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Caroline Gordon, Legislative Director, Rural Vermont
  • Mary Lake, Shearer, butcher, and shepherd, Tunbridge, Vermont
  • Elizabeth Roma, Putting Down Roots Farm
  • Shona Sanford-Long, Flying Dog Farm
  • Chuck Wooster, , Sunrise Farm
12:00 PM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 AM

House Floor


Thursday, May 6, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Agricultural Housing

  • Marita Canedo, Representative and Translator, Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante
  • Jose Ignacio De La Cruz, Dairy Worker, Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante
10:00 AM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Kanika Gandhi, Agrichemical Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
10:45 AM

Break

10:55 AM

Rights and Democracy Vermont (RADVT)

Introductions

  • Dan Fingas, Rights and Democracy
  • Maddie Kempner, Policy Director, NOFA VT
11:45 AM

H.434 - An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
1:15 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:30 PM

Student Research

Policy Research Shop, Dartmouth College, presents two reports:
Regional Food Supply Systems
Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture/PES

  • Vanessa Haggans, Student, Dartmouth College
  • Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College
  • William Platt, Office of Public Affairs, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College
  • Ronald Shaiko, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Curricular and Research Programs, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College
  • Kelly Westkaemper, Student, Dartmouth College
  • Kate Yuan, Student, Dartmouth College
3:30 PM

H.421 - An act relating to animal cruelty investigation response and training

  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, May 7, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 minutes after Floor

Committee Check-In


Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

2:15 PM

Committee Check-In

2:45 PM

Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
12:30 PM

H.420 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Committee vote on Senate Amendment

1:15 PM

House Floor


Thursday, May 13, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Forestry issues

  • Ed Larson, Lobbyist, Vermont Forest Products Association
9:30 AM

H.88 - An act relating to the use value appraisal program.

  • Jill Remick, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
  • Abby Shepard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
10:00 AM

Committee Adjourns

1:15 PM

House Floor


Friday, May 14, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Caucuses will be held following the Floor adjournment

1:00 PM

S.100 - An act relating to universal school breakfast and the creation of the Task Force on Universal School Lunch

  • Scott Fay, Child Nutrition Manager, Essex-Westford School District
  • Faye Mack, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont
  • Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont FEED Project Director, Vermont Farm to School Network
2:15 PM

Committee Adjourns

2:30 PM

House Floor


Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor


Thursday, May 20, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor


Friday, May 21, 2021
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9:30 AM

Committee Check-In

10:00 AM

House Floor