VAAFM: Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Detected in Vermont

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus has been detected in mosquito pools collected in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. One horse death associated with these detections was reported. The Vermont Department of Health and The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets are evaluating response options.

Industries that have employees that work outdoors can take steps to minimize employee exposure to this disease. There is no approved vaccine for people or preventive medicine. The best way to prevent EEE is to prevent mosquito bites.

• Avoid outdoor activities at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active. 
• Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Information on mosquito repellents is available at https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents
• The repellent/insecticide permethrin can be used on clothing to protect through several washes. Always follow the directions on the package.
• Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits.  Bug Bafflers are also available for field staff. They can get hot in the field, but hood zips open for air.

It is also important to reduce exposure at home:

• Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
• Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flowerpots, buckets, barrels, and other containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and, on their sides, when they aren’t being used.

Visit the VT Dept. of Health for More Info

VCF Grants Round 2

Second Round of Farm Disaster Relief Grants
The Vermont Community Foundation is now accepting applications for a second round of funding to help address the critical needs of Vermont farms that sustained damage from the historic July storms and flooding. 

The program will help farms continue or return to production with grants up to $10,000. 

Visit the program page for eligibility requirements and more details. 

Application Deadline: September 27th

Vermont Building

Visit the Vermont Building at the Big E!
The 2023 Big E Fair in West Springfield, MA is happening now, and the Vermont Building, along the fair’s Avenue of the States, is brimming with vendors from all over the Green Mountain state.

From now until October 1st, come by the fair and see all the delicious food, beautiful crafts and amazing products available at the Vermont Building. See you at the fair!

Get your tickets here!

Cull Goats & Bucklings Slaughter & Processing Workshop

Cull Goats & Bucklings Slaughter & Processing Workshop

Join Rural Vermont and Mary Lake on October 14th at Crooked Mile Cheese in Waterford for an on-farm slaughter and processing workshop.

Learn about the need for culling as part of livestock management and the benefit of on-farm slaughter. 

Registration is required, tickets are $70 each. 

Workshop: October 14th

VVBGA Workshop

No-Till Organic Growing & Fall Tunnel Plantings Workshop

Join UVM Extension and the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association for the last of their summer workshop series.

This free workshop at Evening Song Farm in Shrewsbury will cover no-till organic growing, reducing erosion on a slope, and fall tunnel plantings. 

No registration required!

Workshop: September 20th

View the VAAFM Grants Calendar

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