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March 23, 2012

Charting a Path to Succesful Farms and Clean Water in VT - Upcoming Environmental Conference will Focus on Farming and Lake Champlain

On Monday, March 26th, Vermont’s 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

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: March 23, 2012 14:00:50