Dale Aines has worked with the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation since 1994. Starting as a dairy farm, Aines has since discontinued the dairy and diversified to sell hay, beef and most recently sugaring and maple products.

This kind of diversification has helped Aines navigate the complex, and often difficult, Vermont farming industry as it’s changed during the past 25 years. Over the years VEDA has approved financing to help Aines purchase the farm, provide working capital, purchase machinery and equipment and to construct and expand his sugarhouse to help service and maintain his 22,500 taps and lines that create over 75,000 pounds of maple syrup each year.