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Source: Vermont Department of Taxes

Under Vermont‘s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) Program (“Current Use”) eligible private lands employed for forestry or agriculture are appraised based on the value of wood or food production, rather than development value. Between 2014 and 2015 the number of agricultural acres in the program went down, while forested acreage went up.

Source: Vermont Department of Taxes

Under Vermont‘s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) Program “Current Use” eligible private lands for forestry or agriculture are appraised based on value of wood or food production, rather than development value. From 2005-2015 the overall value has nearly doubled, but it fell slightly between 2014 and 2015.

Source: VT Section American Society of Civil Engineers 2014 Report Card

Funding to update or expand Vermont’s 91 municipal watsewater treatment plant (WWTP) facilities comes from a mix of municipal, state and federal sources dedicated to water pollution reduction demands. Dozens of additional private WWTPs serve industrial activities. In its 2013 report the American Society of Civil Engineers (ACSE) gave VT’s wastewater a grade “D” and estimated the state needs $18 million annually for WWTP maintenance alone, with additional investment needed for sewers, system upgrades and other costs. Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions are assessing existing WWTP capacity in villages and downtowns to evaluate Vermont’s ability to serve existing businesses and residents in the future, and to support additional development.

Source: USDA

Vermont has over 7,000 farming operations, Dairy is the state’s lead commodity, representing 70% of all agricultural direct sales in the state and nearly 65% of the overall value of agricultural product sales, dairy commodity and products are by dollar value most of the ag exports from the state including growing markets in yogurt and cheese. The value of milk production was nearly $680 million in 2014, and reported at the same levels in 2015 but dairy prices have been falling. Overal value of milk sales was $493,086,000 for 2015. Maple syrup sales were at $44 million in 2014. Production rose substantially from 2014 to 2016 although with high levels of bulk sales Vermont saw lower prices per gallon compared to the rest of New England.