Photo by Jacob Dixon '16.5.

Photo by Jacob Dixon ‘16.5.

The landscape of the Champlain Valley is dominated by agricultural lands like those visible in the foreground from Bicentennial Hall. Agriculture has shaped the Vermont landscape and the lives of its people since well before Europeans first began to settle in the region, especially in the last two centuries through sheep and dairy farming. Today, agricultural livelihoods support many Vermont families as well as the state’s economy and its distinctive pastoral aesthetic.