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CALL TO ACTION!
Dear equine owners -
We, equine owners, need more advocacy for the work we do to preserve Vermont and its rich history with horses!
The Vermont Farm Bureau is an organization for all members of the agricultural community. Equine owners can benefit from Vermont Farm Bureau's legislative voice and actions to advocate for farmers/agriculture/livestock/farm animals/crop and food producers/equine owners/land owners/hay producers, etc.
The Vermont Farm Bureau's mission is to be, "The Unifying Voice of Vermont Agriculture."
Won't you kindly consider joining up today! We are only as strong as we are united! Thanks so much!
Link to join VT Farm Bureau: Please consider joining as a group or individually. https://members.vtfb.org/
Current equine policies that lead the legislative voice/actions are:
EQUINE - Vermont Farm Bureau supports full and equal status within agriculture for Vermont’s equine business owners.
To achieve such status, we support:
1. Equine business property being eligible as agricultural property in Use Value Appraisal.
2. Inclusion of the equine businesses under the agricultural sales tax exemptions.
3. Maintaining an active equine committee within Vermont Farm Bureau.
4. Trails, parking areas and camping sites for equine activity be made available in 19 the Green Mountain National Forest and on state lands; (2013) (2015) (2016).
5. Developing an expanded definition of farm income from equine businesses. (2010) (2013) (2014) (2016).
*Vermont Farm Bureau shall continue to lobby the State of Vermont Office of Workers’ Compensation about the unfairness of a single class code (8279) for the equine industry in Vermont.
* Additional equine policies can be introduced at the county level. If approved, they are passed up to the state level for board approval, and if approved, can be passed along to the national level. Equine owners maintain open landscapes in Vermont, utilize hay from other farm properties increasing their income, value and aesthetics, but do not benefit from current use or agricultural exemption for employees from workers compensation or state unemployment if they do not produce crops.
Rutland County VT Farm Bureau Board Member
Dog River Horse Club Member
Five Meadows Farm LLC (equine, hay)
Brandon, VT 05733