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New legislation to allow residents in Vermont to teach home milk processing

You wouldn’t think they’d need a special law for such an obviously good thing, but that seems to be the way things are these days. However, Vermont is perhaps one of the most progressive areas in the United States, and it’s encouraging to learn that legislators there were amenable to enshrining these important rights in law. From The Burlington Free Press:

MONTPELIER — A Vermont farm advocacy group that was ordered to stop offering raw milk workshops will get to resume the classes under a bill proposed in the state Legislature.

Rural Vermont had taught people how to turn raw milk into butter, yogurt and cheeses until it received an order to stop or face possible legal action from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture on Feb. 10. Continue reading

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Rural Vermont questions raw milk rules

From Sylvia Fagin at VTDigger.org:

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“Last week Rural Vermont, a farm advocacy group, and the Agency of Agriculture engaged in an intense dialogue about how to protect farmers who sell raw milk from having to monitor the actions of their customers.

On Feb. 10, the agency advised Rural Vermont that continuation of its “Raw Dairy Processing Classes” could result in legal action. Rural Vermont suspended the classes to avoid placing farmers at risk.

In these classes, which Rural Vermont has conducted since 2009, farmers and Rural Vermont staff teach participants how to make cheese, butter, and other products from raw milk. Continue reading

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