• Vt. ag secretary to hold 4 "listening" sessions
    The Associated Press | November 24,2013
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    MONTPELIER - Vermont's agriculture secretary wants to hear from farmers.

    Chuck Ross will be holding a series of listening sessions around the state in December and January to learn what's on farmers' minds.

    The sessions will include brief presentations on steps farmers can take to prepare for emergencies and disasters and initiatives within the state's farmland conservation program, the agency said. That will be followed by a question-and-answer session about how the state and the agency can address issues facing farms and agriculture.

    The afternoon meetings are scheduled for:

    Dec. 3 at the Emery Hebard state office building in Newport from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.;

    Dec. 6 at the UVM Extension Conference room in St. Johnsbury from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.;

    Jan. 7 at the state office building in Bennington from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and

    Jan. 10 at the library in St. Albans from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    For more information contact Ken Hafner, agricultural recovery specialist, at 802-272-0822 or by email at ken.hafner(at)state.vt.us.
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