The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill

To the Editor:

The Bradford Conservation Commission supports the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill (S.246/H.496) that is currently being considered in the Vermont Legislature. We support it because it recognizes the people who work on the land as entrepreneurs and business owners, and because it acknowledges that agricultural and forest product businesses that are tied to the land or that create value-added products have specific challenges in the current financing system.

The conservation of the working landscape is a high priority for Vermonters, and Vermonters need to recognize that the working landscape depends on a strong forest and farm economy. The working landscape benefits all Vermonters, and we hope our legislators will work hard to find the needed funds for this important economic development program.

We appreciate our legislators who have been working on and championing this bill. To learn more about the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill, go to www.vtworkinglands.org.

Nancy Jones

Chair of the Bradford Conservation Commission

Bradford, Vt.

This letter was endorsed by all six voting members of the Conservation Commission.

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