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Spotlight on Farms

As a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, launched in July 2009, Rep. Welch has worked hard to help Vermont’s dairy farmers survive the ongoing dairy price crisis. Welch testified before the House Agriculture Committee in July about the struggles facing Vermont’s family farms, introduced legislation in September to close a trade loophole hurting farmers, and organized a Caucus meeting with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in October. Welch successfully worked with Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders to provide $350 million in emergency assistance to dairy farmers in fall 2009.

"Vermont’s agrarian way of life has been central to the state’s identity since its founding. As family farmers face unprecedented challenges, it is vital to our economy, our landscape, our sense of place and our culture that we do all we can to help them succeed. I will continue to fight for fair milk prices to help struggling dairy farmers compete, nutrition programs that keep children healthy while supporting local food production and renewable energy innovations that will bring new revenue to farms. Most importantly, I will advocate for Vermont’s ‘buy local’ approach in Congress."





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Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Farms

Vermont Harvests 6th Largest Share Of New Rural Renewable Energy Grants And Loans

November 9, 2010

Vermont's Congressional Delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) – reported Tuesday that 18 Vermont farms and rural businesses will share $3,750,930 in grants and loans to support energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. The loans and grants are being made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

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Burlington Free Press: "Log Cabin 'natural' syrup maker relents on color"

September 29, 2010

Under fire in maple syrup country, the maker of Log Cabin All Natural Syrup said Tuesday it's getting rid of the product's caramel coloring in response to complaints by producers of the real thing.

That may not be enough. Officials in Vermont — the nation's largest producer of pure maple syrup — say the Pinnacle Foods product's label and packaging are still misleading to consumers and violate the state's maple syrup label... Read More

At Malletts Bay School, Welch unveils Fresh and Local Food for Schools Act

September 13, 2010

At Colchester's Malletts Bay School on Monday, Rep. Peter Welch unveiled new legislation he wrote to help Vermont schools provide students with fresh and local produce during school meals.

Alongside agriculture and education officials, Welch outlined the Fresh and Local Food for Schools Act (H.R. 5812), which would allow states like Vermont to use federal funds to buy local produce. The pilot program could help Vermont direct... Read More

Burlington Free Press: "Welch proposes bill for fresher farm-to-school food"

September 13, 2010

Vermont students and farmers would benefit from proposed legislation designed to bring more locally produced fruits and vegetables to schools, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., announced Monday morning at Malletts Bay School in Colchester.

If the bill passes, Vermont schools would be well-positioned to replace current federal fresh-food aid (bulk, surplus produce such as carrots, potatoes and apples trucked from Rhode Island) with pur... Read More

Photo Album: "Rep. Welch unveils Fresh and Local Food for Schools Act"

September 13, 2010

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