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NO. R-241.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Burtland Farm in Georgia as a recipient of a 2006 Lake Champlain Farm Award.


Offered by:  Representatives Branagan of Georgia and Gilbert of Fairfax

Whereas, the Lake Champlain Basin Program devotes considerable attention to controlling the agricultural runoff emanating from the region’s farms which is a major source of the phosphorous contamination entering the lake, and

Whereas, concurrent with its enforcement efforts, the organization annually presents the Lake Champlain Farm Award to selected farms that exceed the regulatory minimum and exhibit exemplary pollution reduction results, and

Whereas, Lake Champlain Farm Award winners are chosen from the nominations of agricultural organizations in Vermont, New York, and Quebec including the Vermont agency of agriculture, food and markets and the Vermont Farm Bureau, and

Whereas, other considerations in determining the honorees are the farm family’s leadership in the agricultural community and willingness to share pollution reduction techniques with other farmers, and

Whereas, one of the farms honored recently as a Lake Champlain Farm Award winner is Burtland Farm, a Georgia-based dairy farm consisting of 250 cows that is located on 1,000 tillable acres parallel to the Lake Champlain shoreline, and whose proprietors are Jason and Christina Burt, and

Whereas, this family farm annually produces in excess of six million pounds of milk for the St. Albans-Co-op, and

Whereas, as a founding member of the Farmers’ Watershed Alliance, Jason Burt has striven to reduce agriculturally based pollution in the lake through the installation of buffer zones along waterways and controlling silage leachate, and

Whereas, Jason Burt’s informative presentations at public meetings and his instructive work with media organizations represent impressive evidence of his agricultural community leadership on behalf on Lake Champlain’s well‑being, and

Whereas, the Burtland Farm has successfully applied innovative scientific ingenuity in the battle against agricultural pollution flowing into Lake Champlain, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Burtland Farm in Georgia as a recipient of a 2006 Lake Champlain Farm Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jason and Christina Burt in Georgia.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont