March 23, 2012
On Monday, March 26th, Vermonts Agricultural, Environmental, and Public Policy leaders will convene at Middlebury College to discuss the relationship between farming and Lake Champlain. The goal of the day is to foster understanding between key stakeholders and develop a cooperative vision for Lake Champlain.
The event will be hosted by the Vermont Environmental Consortium, in partnership with Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
There are many factors that contribute to water quality in the Lake Champlain basin, including runoff from roads and developed areas, lawns, farmlands, and other non-point sources, according to Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. This event will be an excellent opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to discuss the ways in which the agricultural community, working in partnerhip with Vermont community stakeholders, can help to address issues relating to water quality in Vermont.
VEC has organized an ambitious agenda for the day, featuring speakers from diverse backgrounds including:
Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation,
Roger Allbee, Former Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vogelmann, Dean, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Adam Lougee, Addison County Regional Planning Commission
Don Meals, Ice Nine Environmental Consulting
Jennifer Reed-Harry, PennAg Industries Association
Dr. Craig Ferris, Ducks Unlimited
Julie Moore, Stone Environmental
Dr. Chris Koliba, Associate Professor, UVM EPScOR
Vicky Drew, State Conservationist, USDA NRCS
Laura DiPietro, Agency of Agriculture
Amanda Gervais, UVM Extension
Marli Rupe, District Manager, Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District
Kent Henderson, Chair, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
Vic Guadagno, Bright Blue EcoMedia, Bloom Producer
Jeff Nelson, Director of Energy & Environmental Services
Vanasse Hangen, Brustlin, Inc.
Buzz Hoerr, Chair, Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain Harvey Smith, farmer/legislator
Jane Clifford, farmer/Green Mountain Dairy Farmers Cooperative Federation
John Roberts, farmer
James Ehlers, Lake Champlain International
For more information about the conference, or to register, visit http://vecgreen.com/vec-expo-trade-show/
Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: March 23, 2012 14:00:50