Next Generation Wood-Based Textiles Offer Northern Forest Market Development Opportunities

The potential for wood to replace plastic in woven and nonwoven textiles is progressing rapidly, offering new market development opportunities across the Northern Forest region, according to a new Market Opportunity Assessment commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF).  Forest to Fiber: Next-Generation Pathways for Vermont and Regional Leadership in Wood-Based Fiber and Textiles, […]


Vermont Farm to Plate On-Farm Food Scrap Composting Guide

Are you interested in learning more about on-farm food scrap composting? For any farmer, there are many considerations when exploring a new project including cost, regulations, and how any changes fit into their farm’s current practices. Recognizing both the benefits and challenges of navigating this process, Farm to Plate’s Food Cycle Community of Practice has […]


Vermont Business Owners Identify Key Areas of Concern for 2018

WILLISTON, Vt., February 19, 2018 – Over 130 Vermont businesses completed the latest semi-annual economic survey in January regarding the outlook of Vermont’s small- to medium-sized businesses. 71% of those business owners who responded have fewer than 25 employees. The survey, presented by Davis and Hodgdon Associates CPAs and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, revealed that […]


Workforce development critical to sustain local food economy

2017 Farm to Plate Annual Report shows successful implementation of Vermont’s food system plan has created need for more farm and food workers to meet food business expansion goals due to increased consumer demand Montpelier, Vt. – Representatives of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network and staff at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund presented the […]


Up to $60,000 Available Through the Local Food Market Development Grant Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $60,000 of funding for Local Food Market Development (LFMD) Grants to assist eligible Vermont farmers, businesses, and value-chain facilitators to reach new markets. VAAFM works to support market opportunities with an institutional or other wholesale focus in […]


Legal Scholars Release 2018 Top 10 Environmental Watch List

Environmental law scholars and editors of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL) at Vermont Law School today announced publication of the 2018 “Vermont Law Top 10 Environmental Watch List,” highlighting critical law and policy issues they believe will escalate in the coming year. The list, in its eighth year, features articles co-authored by VLS students and […]


National Life Foundation Doubles Budget, Launches Main Street Grants

Montpelier, Vermont – National Life Group announced Tuesday that the annual budget of its charitable foundation will double to $2 million next year, reflecting the company’s strong sales and earnings growth over the past decade. Part of the National Life Group Foundation’s increased funding will go toward launching Main Street Grants, a new project designed to support revitalization of downtowns. Another […]


VT Clean Energy Report Signals Opportunities for Job Growth

The 4th annual Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report (VCEIR) released today by the Department of Public Service underscores the importance of Vermont’s climate economy as a “promising source of economic growth and employment opportunity.” Overall, the clean energy sector saw a 7.7 percent increase in employment over the last year and a 29 percent increase […]


VBSR Responds to VT Early Care & Learning Dividend Report

New report demonstrates strong economic case for increasing public investment in Vermont’s early care and learning system Yesterday, the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Research & Education Foundation released a report, titled Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend, which details the Vermont-specific return on investment the state stands to gain by increasing public investments in high-quality early […]


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