Local People Honored At Annual Farm Bureau Meeting

The 2019 Wallace Award, honoring distinguished lifetime service to agriculture, was presented to Jacques and Pauline Couture of Couture’s Sugar House in Orleans County by Vermont Farm Bureau President Joseph Tisbert (left). The award, established in 1975, is named for former VFB President Keith Wallace. The Westfield couple started their dairy herd at Missisquoi Valley Farm in 1970 and built their first sugar house a year later. After raising their six children on the farm, they continue to operate a diverse farm with a success dairy, maple sugar house, and bed and breakfast for more than 50 years. (Courtesy Photo)

Local people were honored at the 104th annual meeting of the Vermont Farm Bureau (VFB) on Nov.1-2 in Middlebury.

The event included awards to Vermont’s top farmers; panel discussions by top agricultural experts on the future of farming and land management, and a review of the top issues facing Vermont’s farming community in the coming year. Vermont Farm Bureau, based in Richmond, is the state’s largest non-profit trade association of 2,500-plus agricultural producers in all 14 Vermont counties.

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