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Vermont Migrant Education Program

Vermont Migrant Education Program (VMEP) Agricultural Activities

Any activity directly related to the production or processing of crops, dairy products, poultry or livestock for initial commercial sale or personal subsistence qualifies. Any activity directly related to the cultivation or harvesting of trees, or any activity directly related to fish farms is considered a qualifying activity.

Qualifying activities

Production - Crops: Vegetables, berries/fruit, grain crops, hay and orchard work; soil preparation, planting, potting, cultivating, pruning, thinning, training, weeding, watering, fertilizing, spraying, picking, gathering, sorting, grading, harvesting, etc.

Production - Livestock and Dairy Products: Herding, handling, feeding, watering; actively caring for, branding, tagging, assisting in birthing and raising, milking, cleaning, etc.

Processing - Crops and Livestock: Cooking, baking, curing, heating, drying, mixing, grinding, churning, separating, extracting, slaughtering, cutting, fermenting, distilling, eviscerating, preserving, dehydrating, freezing, chilling, packaging, canning, jarring or otherwise enclosing food in a container – must be before initial commercial sale and not part of second-stage processing

Cultivation or Harvesting of Trees: Soil preparation, planting, tending, pruning, piling slash, felling, cutting, etc.

Activities which DO NOT qualify

  • Caring for recreational horses or pets
  • Transporting (shipping) agricultural products
  • Selling agricultural products
  • Seasonal firefighting
  • Landscaping
  • Managing a farm or processing plant
  • Repairing or maintaining farm machinery or processing equipment
  • Mechanic work
  • Accounting, clerical, or bookkeeping services
  • Childcare for farm workers
  • Restaurant work
  • Second-stage processing (ice cream plant)
  • Mill work or transporting of logs

Last modified April 10 2015 11:44 AM