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Feds help farms meet labor rules

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By David Weil of the U.S. Department of Labor



The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new publication and video to provide agricultural employers and workers with simple, clear information on the laws governing employment of agricultural and farm workers.

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USDA details new insurance program for dairy

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BURLINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, flanked by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch at a press conference in Burlington last Thursday, announced a new dairy insurance program to protect farmers against volatile price swings.

“I would urge farmers to sign up to this program for $100,” Leahy said. “It is a great investment and a chance to stop the boom and bust cycle we have.”

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Feds promise $45 million for Lake Champlain

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BURLINGTON — With the stunning vista of Lake Champlain at his back, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Thursday that the federal government will spend up to $45 million to protect the lake and its watershed.

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UVM program trains next generation of farmers

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s farmers are aging, but a program run by the University of Vermont Extension aims to inject new blood into the state’s backbone industry.

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Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger

Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.

There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.

And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.

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Barge filled with local foods begins new voyage to NYC

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — A crew of four will set sail down the Hudson River early this June on the Ceres, the volunteer-built sailing barge of the Vermont Sail Freight Project, whose mission is to bring low-carbon regional food trade back to the Hudson. VSFP is entering its second season of operation and plans to host about 15 public markets on its journey down to the New York/New Jersey harbor and back.

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Grain seller profiles dairy farmers in a new magazine

Posted on June 5, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — Many businesses release quarterly newsletters to keep their customers up to date on what’s going on in their industry, but Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition Inc. is upping the ante. The New Haven company, which serves those on the front lines of agriculture, last week introduced a new dairy magazine called Perspectives: Dairy farming in the Northeast.

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Climate report: Vermont agriculture is at risk

Posted on June 5, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

ADDISON COUNTY — Climate change has forced Addison County farmers and sugarmakers to rethink the way they do business, amid worries that increasing temperatures and precipitation threaten Vermont’s backbone industries.

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Lawmakers debate shorelands protection, GMO labeling bills

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRIDPORT — Two issues dominated the conversation at the annual legislative luncheon Monday in Bridport: bills in the Legislature to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods and pollution regulations affecting Lake Champlain.

Farmers, community members and legislators packed the Bridport Community Hall Monday for the luncheon devoted to agriculture issues. State Reps. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, were on hand to discuss agricultural issues facing Addison County farmers.

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Farm Show hints at things to come in agriculture landscape

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ESSEX JUNCTION — Francis Bronson of Bridport has been a regular at the annual Vermont Farm Show for 30 years, and this week attended the 82nd annual fair at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction even though he has left dairy farming.

While looking over some of the show’s more than 150 agricultural exhibits, Bronson said he was impressed by some of the technological advances on display.

“There’s some innovative thought processes on some of this stuff,” he said. “I wish some of it was around when I was still going.”

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