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Bridging the Gap: Reconciling Agriculture with Environmentalism

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Vermont Law School

164 Chelsea Street

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Royalton, VT 05068

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Please join the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, partnering with American Farmland Trust, for this year's symposium: "Bridging the Gap: Reconciling Agriculture with Environmentalism." The symposium will cover a wide range of topics related to agricultural and environmental law and policy including water quality, cannabis cultivation, energy, and organic production methods.

Schedule of events:

8:00am - Registration and Breakfast

8:30am - Introductory Remarks

  • John Echeverria, VJEL’s Faculty Advisor
  • Dayna Smith, Editor-in-Chief
  • Nathan L’Etoile, New England Regional Director, American Farmland Trust
  • Sedona Chavez and Abigail Hogan, Symposium Editors

9:00am - Clean Water & Vermont’s Dairy Industry Panel
Moderator: Jennifer Rushlow, Director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School

  • Laura Ginsburg, Section Chief of the Agricultural Division at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
  • James Maroney, Former dairy farmer and organic farming activist
  • Jack Lazor, Creator and Founder of Butterworks Farm
  • Tom Berry, Agricultural, Environmental, and Energy Advisor to Senator Leahy

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10:30am - Keynote Address
John Piotti, President and CEO of American Farmland Trust
Question and Answer

11:45am - The Growing Cannabis Industry Panel
Moderator: Laurie Beyranevand, Director for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

  • Tim Fair and Andrew Subin, Attorneys and Partners at Vermont Cannabis Solutions
  • Rye Matthews, Chief Technical Officer of Northeast Hemp Commodities
  • Rusty Rumley, The National Agricultural Law Center

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12:45pm - Lunch, featuring locally farmed products.

1:45pm - Farms: Energy Consumers and Producers Panel
Moderator: Genevieve Byrne, Staff Attorney at the Institute for Energy and the Environment

  • Jimmy Daukas, Senior Program Officer at American Farmland Trust
  • Katherine Oaks, Energy Fellow for the Farm and Energy Initiative at the Institute for Energy and the Environment
  • Bill Jorgenson, Co-founder and Counselor of Vanguard Renewables
  • Catherine Keske, Professor of Environmental Management at the University of California, Merced

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3:00pm - Break/Snack

3:15pm - Models for Change Panel
Moderator: Sophia Kruszewski, Clinic Director for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

  • Lee Miller, Lecturing Fellow of Law at the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Steven Winnett, Regional TMDL Coordinator at the Environmental Protection Agency Region 1
  • Phillip Chavez, Managing Partner at Diamond ‘A’ Farms and Partner at Mohawk Valley Farms
  • Lisa McCrory, Consultant, teacher, activist, organic farmer, and co-owner of Earthwise Farm and Forest

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4:45pm - Closing Remarks

5:00pm-6:30pm – Closed Reception in Yates Common Room (VLS community, speakers, and special guests)

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