What is a Specialty Crop? Did you know, most agriculture products that are not animal products or grain, fiber, and oil field crops are considered specialty crops by USDA. The most common specialty crops we see in Vermont are fruits and vegetables; culinary herbs, spices, and medicinal plants; nursery, floriculture, horticulture, and Christmas trees; honey;…

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The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11th for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward…

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UPDATE:  The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on 12/15/20 they are removing the domestic quarantine regulations on the Emeral Ash Borer which will go into effect on January 14, 2021.  You can learn more HERE.   Since October there have been new detections that have expanded the infested areas within the following…

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Click the info icon to see more details Vermont Blooms Initiative The VNLA would like to announce the launch of its Vermont Blooms Initiative, a planting program to enhance Vermonters health by improving and beautifying our civic landscapes.   This all-volunteer project, funded by donations from our VNLA members and associates, seeks to improve/enhance public outdoor…

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The Economic Recovery Grant Program is fully subscribed at this time. The Legislature is working on another round of money for the program and the VT Agency of Commerce will announce details of that program soon.  If you have an application that is in process, ACCD is continuing to process those in the order they…

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