Support Vermont's Farms
Vermont has a proud tradition of farming and forestry. Our working landscape is one of the things that make us special and that brings people from all over the world to visit, and our agricultural and wood products are sold across the country and are known for their unmatched quality.
Although Vermont's dairy industry produces more milk than any other New England state and represents nearly 80 percent of Vermont's agricultural sales, this means that the fortunes of many of our farmers rest on price fluctuations in a volatile market. As Governor, Deb will work closely with our congressional delegation to get our farmers a fair price for their milk.
As Secretary of State, Deb has seen Vermont farmers struggling to make ends meet, and she has been impressed by the many innovative approaches farm families are taking to modernize their operations and bring their products to new markets. Deb believes that agriculture and forestry should be part of Vermont's economic development plan. As Governor, she will take leadership to revitalize and refocus our agricultural policy to balance support for large farms with support for local small-scale agriculture. She will promote policies that encourage diversification of farm products so that Vermont is less reliant on the fluid milk market and so that we can produce more of the food we eat and have a greater diversity of products to export. She will support local food processing efforts including safe and ethical slaughterhouse capacity and meat inspection programs. As governor, Deb will support farm to table programs that get Vermont products into our kitchens and into our schools.
Even with nearly 80 percent of Vermont covered in forests, Vermont's forestry industry is having a hard time competing with cheaper wood from Canada and abroad. With a growing need for heat sources that do not rely on fossil fuels, wood pellet manufacturing can be a great part of a responsible forest management plan. Deb will encourage investments in wood pellet manufacturing as a way to meet the needs of the growing renewable thermal energy market, while protecting Vermont's forest resources through proper forest management practices.