Webinar: Updates on marketing, selling, and handling raw milk in VT

UVM Extension’s New Farmer Project and the VT Pasture Program are hosting two raw milk webinars on August 30 (11:30 am – 1:15 pm) to discuss updates on marketing, selling, and handling raw milk. Workshop is free.

August 30, 11:30 am to 12:15 pm: 2011 Updates on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in Vermont. Jared Carter of Rural Vermont will outline the options and legal requirements established under the 2009 Raw Milk Law, focused on Tier 1 sales of up to 50 quarts of milk per day. Topics covered will include animal health and milk handling requirements; bottling and labeling requirement; and customer relations and recordkeeping. Vermont Agency of Agriculture Dairy and Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe changes to state statute in 2011 and share updated guidelines for educational classes. A comprehensive raw milk seller’s guide created by Rural Vermont and approved by the Agency is available for download prior to the webinar at www.ruralvermont.org and www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program.

August 30, 12:30-1:15 pm. Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling. Direct marketing unpasteurized milk to consumers brings both opportunity and liability to farm businesses. VT Agency of Agriculture Dairy & Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe proper milk testing, cooling and sanitation procedures to maximize milk quality and safety for farmers producing and selling raw milk under the 2009 Raw Milk Law. Resources about milk quality and a farm insurance liability checklist from Co-Operative Insurance will also be available to help you protect the health of your farm. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through.

To participate, please go to http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmerat about 11:15 am EST on Aug 30, 2011 and click on “Webinars” on the left-hand menu.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by August 15 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu so we may assist you.

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