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Letter: Vermont Working Lands Summit

To the Editor:

On Dec. 17, hundreds of Vermonters will come together at Vermont Technical Center in Randolph to celebrate the success of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund and to identify actions to encourage policymakers to continue this important work. The summit is being organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, with several organizations sponsoring the event. The day will begin with a welcome and update from Gov. Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith. Throughout the day, approximately 90 panel members will present their views on how to strengthen and spur Vermont’s working lands economy. Lunchtime will feature a photo display with stories of working lands innovators that celebrates projects funded through the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Fund. The day will end with the presentation of the Vermont Council on Rural Development 2013 Community Leadership Award.

A full agenda, registration information and location details can all be found at http://vtrural.org/summit. Please join us.

David L. Rogers

Policy Adviser, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Richmond, Vt.