Moving Forward: Cleaning Up the Lake Champlain Basin

The largest source of agricultural pollution in Lake Champlain appears to be soil erosion. The second largest source is likely runoff resulting from the spreading of manure. Together, these two may be responsible for nearly 60% of the pollution that enters Lake Champlain. This does not include runoff from the 50,000 tons of commercial fertilizer that was applied to Vermont’s farmland in 2014…

Act 64 Meeting Upcoming Dates + Locations

It is very important that the citizens of Vermont who are concerned about ‪#‎Act64‬ attend these meetings. Act 64 is an unprecedented law that, as describe by a representative of the New England Dairy Promotion Board, unfairly targets small farms to create the illusion that the state is actually doing something to clean up the state’s waterways, while…

Act 64: It Doesn’t Make Sense for Vermont

  Here’s why: We can all agree that Vermont’s Lake Champlain and Winooski River Watershed need to be cleaned up.  We can also all agree that likely much of the pollution is due to non-point agricultural sources, namely sediment from soil erosion, runoff from manure spread on crop land and chemical fertilizers. In 2014 alone…

Act 64 Discussion with the State of Vermont

  Bob-White Systems is hosting a hearing with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture on Wednesday, March 2nd at 1:00 PM to dicsuss the creation, amendment and implementation of Act 64 or the Required Agricultural Practices (RAP). We are inviting as many farmers and concerned community members to attend this event because we need to be heard. Please attend…

Summary of Act 64 via Rural Vermont

Act 64 – The New Water Quality Bill (2015)  Signed into law on June 16th, 2015 by Governor Shumlin, H.35, Vermont’s new Water Quality legislation, is focused on reducing the ever-increasing amount of pollution in Vermont’s lakes, streams, and rivers. While the legislation covers a variety of topics, the focus of this page is how the…

Life of a Micro-Dairy: Bob-White Systems

Located in Royalton, VT,  Bob-White Systems serves the needs of the rapidly emerging micro-dairy market. We pride ourselves on our engaged and committed customer service and our commitment to the needs of small-scale dairy farmers around the country. BWS offers equipment, supplies, technology, and resources to enable dairy farmers to build appropriately scaled and community based…

A Stand for Small Farmers

We believe it it is time to put the brakes on this ill advised runaway piece of legislation. Let’s take a deep breath and figure how this regulation can be amended to make sense, or repealed so that we can start over with sensible legislation that will be effective.  As long as we are trying in…

Who is Steven Judge?

Steve Judge is a man on a mission. A farmer and entrepreneur, Judge has made it his life’s work to protect and revive New England’s dairy industry and working landscape. Steve has a vision of how dairy farming should operate and he’s doing everything in his power (including 50+ years of experience) to eliminate the…