Act 62 now regulates raw milk production

Rural Vermont, a nonprofit advocacy group with a mission of economic justice for farmers, launched a Raw Milk campaign several years ago at the request of many of its farmer members.

Since 2005, Rural Vermont has worked closely with a large and diverse group of farmers to advocate for progressive raw milk legislation. This work resulted in the passage of the Unpasteurized (Raw) Milk bill, which became Act 62 when enacted into law.

Rural Vermont's "Unpasteurized (Raw) Milk Seller's Guide" outlines the new law in detail and provides referrals and suggestions for ensuring that compliance is as simple and inexpensive as possible. Farmers interested in either getting started with a raw milk dairy or diversifying their dairy income with raw milk sales will find this handbook to be a valuable resource.

For consumers seeking a local source for raw cows' or goats' milk, Rural Vermont has partnered with the Weston A. Price Foundation to create a directory of Vermont's raw milk producers. Farmers from every county are listed, along with contact info and farm descriptions.

Both the seller's guide and the directory can be accessed for free through Rural Vermont's website www.ruralvermont.org, or by calling the office at 223-7222.

Rural Vermont is a statewide nonprofit group founded by farmers in 1985.

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