Agriculture Deputy Secretary To Visit VT Farmers

From USDA.GOV:

Today and tomorrow, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will travel throughout Vermont to meet with local residents and see firsthand the resilience of farmers who were impacted by disasters.

On Monday, Deputy Secretary Merrigan and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross will participate in a media availability in Westminster and tour recovery efforts at farms impacted by recent disasters in Southern Vermont.  The USDA administers a number of programs that provide direct assistance to farmers in the wake of a major disaster.
On Tuesday, Deputy Secretary Merrigan will visit the Brattleboro Food Co-op, which received a guaranteed loan from USDA for financing and construction.   The co-op is partnering with the Windham Housing Trust and Housing Vermont to build a brand new four story building. This will expand co-op’s sales area and support the economic growth of the community by providing a direct market for 146 local farmers and 56 local food manufacturers that are working hard to rebound from recent disasters.

*Note Time and Locations Below *

Monday, Sept. 26, 2011
4:00 p.m. EDT
WHAT:   Deputy Secretary Merrigan will host a press availability to talk about the
resilience of Vermont farmers and their ability to rebuild and recover after Hurricane Irene as well as the Obama Administration’s commitment to Vermont agriculture.

WHO:    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan
Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross

WHERE:  Harlow Farm
117 Deep Root Drive
Westminster, VT

5:00 p.m. EDT
WHAT:   After the press availability media is invited to accompany Deputy Secretary Merrigan tour additional storm damage at Robb Family Farm for b-roll footage.

WHO:            Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan
Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross

WHERE:  Robb Family Farm
843 Ames Hill Road
Brattleboro, VT

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
10:00 a.m. EDT
WHAT:   Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan will give remarks and tour the new
construction project at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.

WHO:            Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan
Brattleboro Co-op General Manager Alex Gyori
USDA Rural Development State Director Molly Lambert

WHERE:  Brattleboro Food Co-op
2 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT

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