The Vermont Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program has been designed to assist the forest products industry throughout Vermont to create and retain quality jobs by providing business technical assistance, market development expertise, and workforce development along strategic points in multiple value chains.
The VSJF has applied its market development model to build a lasting and sustainable bioenergy sector in Vermont. The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative (VBI) is a strategic approach to value-added agriculture; supplying farm energy inputs from local resources, since 2003.
The Vermont Agriculture & Forest Products Development Program supports the growth and long-term success of Vermont-based, value-added agricultural and forest related enterprises that are building markets and infrastructure for other Vermont agricultural, food, forest and forest products businesses.
Sustainable Wood Guide Specification documents, or “Green GuideSpecs”, were created to assist architects, designers, specifiers, facility managers, green builders, Vermont wood product manufacturers, fabricators, and communities interested in supporting third-party certified, Vermont forest products.
The goals of the Harvest for Use pilot project are to shepherd Vermont-grown FSC logs through the supply chain all the way to finished product and to capture a 5 – 15% premium in the marketplace so that all parties–from the landowner to the logger to the mill to the manufacturer–are able to capture a slightly higher value for their efforts.
From on-farm field days where agronomists, innovators and farmers share their research results and experiences, to technology-specific conferences; these events provide educational and networking opportunities and are at the core of the VSJF market development model.