ACT NO. 207
Vermont dairy promotion council
This act addresses issues pertaining to the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council; livestock producers, slaughterers, and processors; and the forest products industry. Specifically, the act:
(1) Requires the dairy promotion council to report annually to the legislature.
(2) Requires the legislative council to consult with the agency of agriculture, food and markets, the Vermont congressional delegation, and local producers on developing a local meat-in-schools program.
(3) Requires the Agency of agriculture, food and markets to study and make recommendations on how to expand opportunities for local meat producers and slaughterers, such as on-farm slaughter and cooperative ownership while maintaining a safe, local food supply and while maintaining the Vermont Meat Inspection Services jurisdiction over meat inspection in Vermont.
(4) Allows itinerant custom slaughterers to slaughter livestock on the farm where it was raised.
(5) Creates a statutory definition of local and locally grown meaning anything grown in Vermont or within 30 miles of the place of sale, and allows these terms to be used in conjunction with a specific locale or distance.
(6) Establishes the Vermont forestry and forest products viability program at the department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to provide assistance to Vermont timber harvesters, foresters, and forest products manufacturers and creates a special fund to accept general fund revenue and other monies deposited in the account to support the goals of the program.
(7) Requires the commissioner of forests, parks, and recreation to report on the feasibility of certifying the management of state forest lands as sustainable under various certification programs.
Effective Date: Upon passage, except Sec. 5 (itinerant custom slaughterers), which takes effect April 15, 2009.
The Vermont General Assembly
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