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Vermont Land Trust to recognize farmer for COVID response

This year the Eric Rozendaal prize will seek to recognize a farmer who has been serving people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A newborn calf lies in a pen at the University of Vermont dairy farm Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Land Trust is seeking applicants for an annual award for a farmer who exemplifies service to community and innovation.

This year the Eric Rozendaal prize will seek to recognize a farmer who has been serving people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The $5,000 award is granted each year in honor of Eric Rozendaal, who died in 2018.

“Vermont’s farming community has stepped up to serve their communities this year,” said Land Trust President Nick Richardson. “The award committee wants to honor and recognize these special efforts.”

The application deadline was extended to Sept. 18. The winning farmer will be able to apply the $5,000 towards serving the community.

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The award will be announced in the fall. Details can be found on the land trust’s website.

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