Basin Program honors two Vermont farms

Burtland Farm, Georgia, VT
Jason and Christina Burt have established themselves as leading young farmers in Vermont, operating a 250 cow dairy operation with 1000 tillable acres along the Georgia shoreline. The farm produces over six million pounds of dairy for the St. Albans Co-op. As a founding member of the Farmers Watershed Alliance in the north lake, Jason has been pro-active in protecting Lake Champlains water quality, installing buffer zones along waterways and controlling silage leachate. To encourage others to do the same, Jason has spoken at public meetings and worked with media on several occasions to share farming techniques.

Because agricultural production is identified as a significant source of phosphorus entering Lake Champlain, it is important that the Lake Champlain Basin Program recognize farmers who are taking exemplary steps to reduce pollution from their farms, said Bill Howland, Lake Champlain Basin Program manager. These award recipients lead by example, going beyond regulatory requirements in their effort to protect the waters that flow to Lake Champlain.

The LCBP partnered with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the New York Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Farm Bureau, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Quebec Ministry of the Environment and Parks, the Dura Club of Bedford, the Monteregie sustainable advisory club and the Centre de service du MAPAQ during the award nomination process.

2007 Nominations Invited
The Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking nominations for the 2007 Lake Champlain Farm Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is November 12, 2007. For further information or to receive a nomination form, please contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program at (800) 468-5227 or check the website at www.lcbp.org .

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