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Vermont Ag Agency adjusts fees

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has announced its adjusted fee schedule, from register and inspect lime products (up $10) to maple processor's fee (2,500 gallons or more for repackaging, up $50) to certification of seed potatoes (up $10 plus $1 per acre) to wild plants – ginseng licensing (up $15) to meat retail large vendor (up $40) to frozen dessert manufacturing (up $5) to many more. The Legislature approved the new fee schedule and it will go into effect Friday, July 1, 2016. VAAFM manages more than 50 fee-based programs. Most, but not all, fees increased. The Agency said in a statement that these services provide value to Vermonters, in accordance with the Agency’s mission: to support the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. The new fee schedule is available at the end of this article.

Town of Bennington offers new lending options

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 8:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In May the Bennington Select Board adopted three new business and residential incentive programs that will directly impact the community’s downtown core. The three programs use funds already earmarked for economic and community development efforts, but put a fine point on a broad brush as to how a portion of these funds can be applied.

Vermont gold prospectors must obtain permits for sluice boxes

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While gold prospecting is a fun summertime activity, the Agency of Natural Resources reminds the public that while anyone can pan for gold by hand, a state permit is required when using a sluice box. Recently, Environmental Enforcement Officers and Game Wardens made contact with several recreational mineral (gold) prospectors in and around streams in southeastern Vermont.  Most prospectors were complying with Vermont law.  However, three people were issued Environmental Citations for using sluice boxes in streams without a permit from the agency.

Vermont's migratory bird hunting seasons announced

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the syllabus of 2016-2017 migratory bird hunting seasons is now available. A printable copy of the regulations can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices by mid-July. A statewide Vermont open hunting season for Canada geese will occur September 1-25.

Vermont nets more than $7 million for Homeland Security emergency management

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Wednesday announced that Vermont will receive more than $7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help Vermont communities with prevention and preparedness. Leahy said:  “Enhancing our security means supporting not only our border control and law enforcement, but also improving critical infrastructure.  First responders in Vermont are on the front lines every day, protecting our communities, securing our borders and ports of entry, and keeping Vermonters safe.

South Burlington awarded 'friend of the court' status in F35 case

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of South Burlington received word this afternoon that Judge Crawford approved the motion for the City of South Burlington to participate as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the F35 National Environmental Policy Act Litigation—Zbitnoff et al v. Deborah Lee James. Pursuant to a resolution passed by the South Burlington City Council at a special meeting held June 22, 2016, the MEMO below was filed in Federal Court Tuesday. The MEMO sought entrance to the Zbitnoff et al v. Deborah Lee James litigation to participate as amicus curiae.

RSG named one of FORTUNE's '100 Best Workplaces for Millennials'

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine RSG has been named (#79) one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” – a list determined entirely upon employees’ own feedback and selected from a database of more than 600 Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To create the list, Fortune asked Great Place to Work to survey more than 88,000 millennials (born 1981 or later), who rated their organizations on 58 workplace quality questions.

VHCB awards $4.59 million for land conservation, recreation, home ownership

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At its June meeting, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board awarded $4,597,550 to conserve nearly 3,260 acres of farmland, recreational land and town forests in 20 towns and to provide for home ownership and housing accessibility around the state. VHCB commitments of state funds will leverage an additional $7.8 million in town funds, local fundraising, bargain sales, donations, mortgage financing and federal dollars.

Vermont gets $2.1 million in AmeriCorps funding

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced that Vermont has received $2.1 million in AmeriCorps funding. The grants are from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. See recipient list below.

Pearson: Property tax relief is possible, could be coming

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:30pm -- tim

by Chris Pearson Voters have been clear they want property tax relief. Crystal clear. Voters also consistently support school budgets, which leads me to believe strong schools are a high priority. These two desires aren’t necessarily at odds and I’m pleased to tell you a solution is underway in Montpelier. The way we pay for schools today burdens low-income and middle-class families more than anybody. That’s because most of us, two-thirds of homeowners, pay under "income sensitivity" which brings our bill down to 3% of our income.

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