September 23, 2017

Gov. Scott to visit Whitcomb Farm on Thursday

Gov. Phil Scott plans a visit to the Whitcomb Family Farm in Williston on Thursday to announce the launch of the Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program.

He will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the UVM Cooperative Extension. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. on 221 Fay Lane. It will also serve as the governor’s weekly press conference.

The Environmental Stewardship Program is a new state effort to address water quality and environmental challenges. It will recognize farmers who go above and beyond to protect natural resources. It is a voluntary certification program that involves evaluations of agricultural operations to assess land use practices and customize environmental goals and regenerative practices for farms.

“To be certified under this new program, applicants must meet high environmental standards regarding nutrient management, sediment and erosion control, soil health, greenhouse-gas emissions, carbon sequestration and pasture health,” the program’s website explains.

More information is available at agriculture.vermont.gov/vesp.

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