Vermont Forest & Wood Products Business Roundtable

A group of business owners talking in a lumber yard.
Members of the VT Forest & Wood Products Roundtable meeting at Gagnon Lumber in Pittsford, VT. Photo credit: Dana Ruppert.

The May 2022 meeting of the Vermont Forest & Wood Products Business Roundtable was held at Gagnon Lumber in Pittsford, and featured a tour by owner and roundtable member Ken Gagnon. During the gathering, discussions ranged from the art and science of lumber drying, to how the different companies celebrate holidays and other notable events. “I learned two helpful things today,” said a smiling Brent Karner, who is also a roundtable member and owner of Clearlake Furniture in Ludlow, VT. Continue reading “Vermont Forest & Wood Products Business Roundtable”

New Farmer Project & Women’s Ag Network Grant Funded

A farmer standing in a corn field wearing rain boots.

UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project and Women’s Agricultural Network received a three-year, $600,000 USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant. The funding will enable the delivery of education and decision support tools to beginning farmers and ranchers that will help them increase labor management knowledge and confidence. The program will also help beginner farmers adopt employee recruitment, supervision and retention practices to improve farm business performance and/or farmer satisfaction with quality of life. Continue reading “New Farmer Project & Women’s Ag Network Grant Funded”

Staff Recognition Awards 2021

whitney northrop and mary fay
Whitney Northrop (CALS Student Services) and Mary Fay (UVM Extension) received the 2021 Excellence in Individual Staff Support awards.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Excellence in Staff Support Awards. These annual awards recognize staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Extension for exceptional work in the eyes of their fellow employees, supervisors, and/or the people they serve. The award is given to two individuals for their individual excellence and one team for their excellence in teamwork and performance.

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