Source: Governor’s office.### Governor Jim Douglas and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee will visit France in early September as guests of the French government and at the request of the French Embassy. The purpose of the visit is to investigate potential markets, export/import opportunities and resource exchange for Vermont agricultural producers. Building on a long history of shared agricultural practices and methodology, this study tour will facilitate an exchange of ideas and systems that can mutually benefit both countries.“France has a system in place based on geographic indicators supporting its agriculture industry and that fosters economic development. Vermont is in a unique position to move forward with a similar model,” said Governor Douglas. “Through this system of “terrior” or taste of place, France has been able to better isolate themselves from commodity pricing in food production – similar to what many Vermont producers are trying to accomplish here.”In the past few years, there has been great consumer demand for and support of the Buy Local initiative in Vermont. A taste of place or geographical indicator within the state’s food systems is a logical next step. “As people become more concerned about knowing where their food comes from and how it is grown, this model could have significant and positive economic impacts for Vermont producers,” Governor Douglas said. “We need to continue to do everything we can to support Vermont agriculture, and that includes exploring new opportunities and learning from successes elsewhere,” he added.Vermont and France have many similar characteristics agriculturally. Vermont is now known for its artisanal cheeses – many of them national and international award winners. Cheesemaking is a value-added, growth industry for the state. Many of Vermont’s artisanal cheesemakers owe their growth to France where they have studied the French model and brought those skills back home.And perhaps the best example of Vermont’s unique position to capitalize on the geographical indicator model is maple syrup. When people think about Vermont they think of maple. Not only are maple products value-added for producers, but they draws tourists from all over the world – further benefiting the Vermont economy.The study trip will involve meetings and exchanges with top level French agricultural officials including Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Agriculture and Michel Mercier, Minister of Rural Development.
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Facebook Twitter Google+ LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Scott Shafer had “no idea” Kyle Bolin would start at quarterback for Louisville on Saturday.The sophomore quarterback played only three games this year, but saw significant time against Clemson on Sept. 17. After Reggie Bonnafon was listed as out on Louisville’s (5-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) injury report on Thursday, Syracuse began honing in its preparation on Bolin and freshman Lamar Jackson.Eventually it was Bolin who got his third career start in a 41-17 win over Syracuse (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. He went 24-of-35 for three touchdowns and 362 yards, the third most passing yards SU has allowed this season.“We weren’t sure, but we were thinking it could happen,” Shafer said of Jackson missing the game after suffering an ankle injury last week. “So, got to try and prepare for both of them but we didn’t do a good enough job of defending Louisville, period.”Bolin is more of a traditional pocket passer while Jackson is also a threat with his legs. Jackson is not only Louisville’s leading passer but also its leading rusher with 484 yards on 112 carries this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerLast week, when the Orange played Florida State, the Seminoles went to backup Sean Maguire while starter Everett Golson battled lingering concussion symptoms. Shafer said SU didn’t prepare for Maguire because the only time he’d seen all season was in mop-up duty.This week, though, Syracuse prepared two different game plans for the two different styles it might face not knowing whether it would be Jackson or Bolin.“We just went to our base rules to handle him,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said, “but it’s tough when a team just keeps switching quarterbacks and we came in preparing to play (Jackson). I don’t even think (Jackson) touched the field at all.”Bolin had success against a secondary that has struggled all season and was especially limited since starting cornerback Corey Winfield was out with a lower-body injury.For the second straight week, the Orange allowed more than 340 passing yards to a backup quarterback. Whether it was finding soft spots in SU’s zone or lobbing perfect touch passes into the end zone, Bolin took advantage of his opportunity.“I would anticipate Kyle being the starter next week,” Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said. “He earned that with his performance today.” Comments Published on November 8, 2015 at 7:02 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Related Stories Blum: Eric Dungey should have been taken out before 4th-quarter injurySyracuse suffers 41-17 blowout loss at LouisvilleStorify: Syracuse fans react to blowout loss at LouisvilleFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s big loss to LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse falls to Louisville, 41-17 read more