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Re: “Solid Waste or Chicken Feed? Regulatory Change Riles Farmers

Here's how to contact the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Anson Tebbetts - remember today state offices are closed. Anson Tebbetts is not from afar. He was born and raised on a farm in Cabot where he still lives. Phone: 828-2430, then 7 for the Commissioner's Office, also 828-5667, also possible cell phone at (802) 324-9850; email at;
snail mail at Anson Tebbets, Secretary
Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901

You may also want to contact Diane Bothfeld, a dairy farmer who hails from Cabot. Her current role is Director of Agricultural Development
Same snail mail address as for Anson Tebbets. Her email is:; phone numbers: 828-5667 and possible cell phone, (802) 498-3337.

Alyson Eastman is the agency's deputy secretary from the Rutland area, where she also grew up on a farm. Same snail mail address; email at Phone numbers: 828-1619, possible cell phone, (802) 622-4131.

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Posted by Vermont Grandma on 09/03/2018 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Solid Waste or Chicken Feed? Regulatory Change Riles Farmers

I've known Anson Tebbets for years. I can't imagine what misguided advice led him to decide that importing food scraps feed farm animals isnt farming. Farms bring processed food waste onto farms day and and day out in the form of commercial animal feed. Taking food scraps from restaurants, supermarkets, a food bank, or the neighbor down the road is a sensible approach, one that farmers used for decades.
This is entirely consistent with the Legislature's mandate that food scraps no longer go into landfills - restaurants must already comply.
Yes, some people complained. Yes, farming operations are often smelly. Yes, I'm not personally affected However, there are many entwined considerations. Vermont's declining landfill space, the cost to farmers and to the planet of commercial feed which must be processed and transported to the chickens that produce the eggs we eat, and farming has become financially dicey, with farmers needing to produce more than just farm product to stay afloat. Throwing up roadblocks up which impair farmers ability to maintain financially viable operations is NOT in Vermont's best interest. Then there is the insanity of ANR requiring that outside food scraps brought to a farm be put on a slab, versus the current practice of feeding the scraps directly to the chickens resulting in chickens incorporating food scraps and chicken manure directly into the soil.
Complaints should not result in an response across multiple Vermont government agencies to assuage such complaints. The response from the Ag Department should have been, "these things go along with farming, always have," and "farmers like these are a vital part of our Vermont farming community AND are a vital part of Vermont's efforts both to keep food scraps out of Vermont landfills and to reduce dependency on fossil fuels."

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Posted by Vermont Grandma on 08/31/2018 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Muslim Teen Poets Invited to Elks Club — Which Called the Cops

Mr. DeCelles, an officer of the Elks Club, should be charged with making a false report to the police. It is clear FROM HIS OWN MOUTH, that Mr. DeCelles called the police BEFORE speaking with the four girls, some of whom were wearing Muslim head covering. He did NOT ask the girls to quiet down or inform them that they were disturbing a meeting inside the building, nor did he ask them to move away from the window. Instead Mr. DeCelles diverted the resources of the Burlington Police Department for no purpose. This is unacceptable. I am shocked that the Elks Club has "officers" like Mr. DeCelles who unabashedly display their ignorance and their willingness to call the police on teenage girls who don't dress like the women in his family.

I am also disheartened that Burlington PD dispatchers are not trained to ask pertinent questions, such as, "Whats the age of the people you are calling about? Exactly what are they doing that concerns you? Have you spoken with them, asked them to quiet down? Are there any other events going on or scheduled to happen soon that these girls might be going to? Is the race or religion of these girls different than yours? We are happy to have our police officers go out for police matters, but are you sure that this is a police matter at this point?" There obviously was NO emergency that required police intervention. Taxpayer dollars and resources were wasted on "responding" where no crime had been committed and none was about to be committed. The police need to do better in using scarce resources. They are needed for real crime, not conducting on-the-spot seminars for people like Mr. DeCelles about profiling, about religious tolerance, about being welcoming.

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Posted by Vermont Grandma on 05/09/2018 at 12:47 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

This is horribly chilling. The author gave lots of indications to the seller that he wanted it right away, that he had an intended use in mind and wanted to make sure it would work, that he didn't want to disclose his identity to the seller, and yet the seller was more interested in getting $$$ than not going ahead with a sale to a buyer I wouldn't sell a used car to. And no record check needed to buy the AR-15.

7:33-10:11 am deal arranged following inquiry: "Does it shoot as-is? Hoping to buy ASAP." Plan in place despite buyer declining to provide ID, "Would it be OK if we skipped that step?"

5 pm same day, sale at 5 Guys parking lot goes ahead despite buyer telling seller, "Well, that's what I'll need" after being assured by seller that the AR-15 is a straighforward weapon.

Jeez, Louise all this happening less than 48 hours after the slaughter in Orlando.

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Posted by FCA-VT on 06/15/2016 at 2:54 PM

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