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Show celebrates Vermont farming

BARRE - The annual Vermont Farm Show kicks off this month. This is the 75th year of the Vermont Farm Show, which will run Jan. 27-29 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre. Look for many Addison County based businesses represented at the show.

The largest agricultural showcase in the state, the Farm Show is a farmer focused trade show held each January. It gives agricultural professionals an opportunity to explore new products and machinery, meet with dealers and industry leaders, attend trade association meetings or enter a recipe or product in one of the many competitions scheduled.

The Farm Show is also a good place to connect with service groups such as the Farm Service Agency, the Farm Bureau and the Agency of Agriculture to learn about services available to producers. It's also a good way to learn about policies and procedures and how the Agency can offer technical assistance to make your business more profitable.

This year, the agency is offering a series of free workshops. Topics that will be covered include renewable energy opportunities on the farm, animal mortality management, nutrient management, land conservation and farm labor housing. A full list of workshops with times and descriptions is available on the schedule of events page at: http://www.vermontagriculture.com/FarmShow/FarmShow2009/calendar.html

On Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium basement, members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will square off in the Annual Political Pull Milking Contest and there will be a celebration open to the public commemorating the 75th anniversary of the show. Admission is free.

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