Farm Bureau Issues Addressed at Breakfast with State Dignitaries
Ray Duquette, Senior, president of the Rutland County Farm Bureau met over breakfast on October 16, with Rutland County Senators Brian Collamore, Kevin Mullin and Peg Flory and Vermont Representative Bob Helm of Fair Haven. Also in attendance was Jonas Rosenthal of Wells, who has worked closely with the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District on water quality issues. Some of the major issues reviewed were water quality, a carbon tax and required agricultural practices.
The group also discussed the negligent involuntary manslaughter charge against Craig Mosher of Killington. One of Mosher’s cattle had gotten out of a fence and was struck by a car. The driver and the bull both died as a result of the accident. Mosher faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Low roller-coaster milk prices are always a concern. Duquette points out that 19 of approximately 129 farms in New Hampshire have gone out of business in the past year due to a combination of milk prices and drought conditions. He is concerned about Vermont farms which suffer from the same impacts.
Duquette plans on attending a meeting in Montpelier on October 20 with the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules. He urges all Vermont farmers to be pro-active with the Farm Bureau and the Legislature, by attending the monthly Farm Bureau meetings, held in all 14 counties of the state. The Vermont State Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, at the Stoweflake Resort and Spa in Stowe. Reservations are required; visit vtfb.org. This is an opportunity for all Vermont farmers to participate and have their voice heard. For information, contact Duquette at 802-645-0398 or [email protected]