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EPA Food Recovery Challenge Assistance for Vermont Businesses

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. The facts on wasted food are staggering—Americans generated 37 million tons of food waste in 2013 alone, with only five percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting, according to US Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s cost estimate of this waste is about $165 billion a year. 

Meeting to include Small Farmers in ACT 64 Legislation and RAPs discussion

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Steven Judge, a well-known Micro Dairy farmer with over 50 years of experience in the dairy industry and founder of Bob-White Systems, has always been an advocate for environmentally responsible farming, community-based farms and farmers. He has turned that advocacy into a new campaign to support small farms in Vermont and ensure that new legislation, ACT 64, doesn’t put small farms out of business.

Markowitz: Citizen advocates and good government ensure all Vermonters are heard

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine When I was first elected to public office at the age of 37, I was lucky enough to have a mentor, Tom Lehner, who had spent most of his career in public administration.  I first met him when I was a young law clerk to Supreme court Justice Louis Peck and he was the Court Administrator.  Tom took seriously the obligation of government to look out for all Vermonters – especially those who could not easily speak up for themselves. I remember how he would raise his eyebrows at me when I was about to move ahead without fully considering all of the uninte

VEC is seeking Director Candidates for the 2016 Election

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking director candidates for three positions on the Board of Directors that will open in May of 2016. VEC's twelve-member board is responsible for setting policy for the member-owned electric distribution utility, which serves approximately 32,000 members in northern Vermont. Board members are elected by VEC members in their district or zone and are expected to represent the interests of the members.

Vermont Senate passes paid sick leave bill, votes down small business exemption

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:44pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Senate passed the Paid Sick Days Bill (H. 187) giving all Vermonters access to three paid sick days after they have worked a year. The bill excluded an amendment which would have exempted small businesses with five or fewer employees from the Paid Sick Days bill.

Leahy calls on USDA to raise minimum broadband speeds for rural Vermont and rural America

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:54pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to use his existing authority to raise the minimum broadband speed that determines funding eligibility for the Farm Bill broadband loan program.

Shumlin highlights damages to lakes, fish and forests resulting from coal

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:38pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing his push for Vermont to divest from coal stocks, Gov. Peter Shumlin today highlighted the negative effects the burning of coal has on Vermont’s lakes and waterways, fish species, and forests and how it threatens important economic industries like tourism, outdoor recreation, and iconic maple sugaring.

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