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Friends, Vermonters, lend animal husbanders your ears (and your opinions)

www.ruralvermont.org Vermont Agency of Agriculture Premises Registration Rule Public Hearings Come Make YOUR Voice Heard – Comment on the Proposed Rule. VT Public Hearing Dates/ Times/ Towns/ Locations: July 25, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Island Pond Town Clerks Office July 25, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM NewportState Off. Bldg -100 Main, 3fl Rm 250 July 27, 2006 9:30-11:30 MorrisvilleFarmServ.Agency 109 Professional Dr July 27, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Lyndonville Police Station August 1, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Swanton Municipal Office August 1, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Grand Isle Grand Isle School August 8, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Rutland Rutland Library- Fox Room August 8, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Springfield Springfield-Howard Dean Ctr. August 10, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Arlington, E. Arl. Fire House, Old Mill Rd August 10, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Brattleboro VT Ag. Bus.Ed. Center August 15, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Middlebury American Legion Hall August 15, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Williston Williston Town Hall August 17, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Randolph VTC-Langevin Building Rm 103 August 17, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM Montpelier Pavilion Auditorium From the Agency of Agriculture Web Site: The rule includes the following key provisions: 1. Biennial Registration Renewal Required 2. Those who keep “livestock” in this state will register their premises with VAAFM. For the purposes of this rule, “Livestock” includes cattle, sheep, goats, equine, deer, American bison, swine, poultry, pheasant, Chukar/partridge, Coturnix quail, camelids, and ratites. This term shall include cultured trout (6 VSA §1151) 3. Registration does not create any “ownership” rights that do not otherwise exist. It merely identifies a location in this state at which livestock are kept. The unique premises code remains with that location, even if the registrant changes (some exceptions apply). 4. Operators of livestock facilities currently licensed by VAAFM (dairy farms, cervid farms, animal markets, livestock dealer premises, livestock transporter premises, slaughter establishments, equine quarantine facilities, and rendering establishments) must register the facilities licensed to them and may not let others register those premises for them. Generally, license holders will be able to register as part of their license renewal. 5. The registration requirement under this rule will be implemented in a two-tiered process. Livestock operations that sell product to the public will need to register within 6 months. Those who keep livestock as a hobby or for personal use will need to register within one year. 6. There is no fee to register livestock premises. A person may register on-line or in writing on forms provided by VAAFM. Forms will be readily available from VAAFM and/or contract agent. VAAFM will send biennial renewal forms to registrants to make renewal as easy as possible. Renewals, like initial registrations, may be transacted on-line. 7. Each registrant must provide the following information: – Registrant’s legal name, trade names if any, mailing address, and phone number. – Primary premises location and up to 3 secondary locations included in the registered premises. – Name and phone number of a contact person with knowledge of livestock movements to and from all locations comprising the premises, if different from above. – Type(s) of livestock operation (e.g. Farm, Slaughterhouse, etc). – Type(s) of livestock kept. 8. The information is protected and confidential under 6 VSA §61. If you need a copy of this file, call Rural Vermont at 802-223-7222 and we will mail you a copy.


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Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..

Unlock the Secret to the Perfect Salad with Soil Sprouts

As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which you can have fresh and local greens every day. Luckily, Peter Burke has a method: in his book Year-Round Indoor […] Read More..
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