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Feds detail new dairy insurance program

Posted on October 20, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Montpelier, VT— This morning at Fairmont Farms in East Montpelier, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch encouraged Vermont’s dairy farmers to enroll in the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) and announced a series of workshops for interested participants.

MPP is a voluntary insurance program included in the new Farm Bill that protects dairy farmers from market fluctuations in milk prices.  The program replaces the expired Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).

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Eric Davis: Much depends on Leahy's plans

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



With about three weeks remaining until Election Day, most nonpartisan analysts believe that Republican candidates are likely to gain the six or more seats they need to have a majority in the U.S. Senate. How would a Republican majority affect Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision whether or not to run for an eighth term in 2016?

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Field Day is all about soil conservation

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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PANTON — Scores of farmers came to Vorsteveld Farm in Panton Friday to learn about conservation practices and test equipment at a soil health “field day” sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension’s Middlebury office.

Around 80 farmers from Addison and southern Chittenden counties came to the event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a humid Indian summer day.

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Opinion: Feds' bucks for Lake Champlain just throwing money at problem

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By James H. Maroney Jr.



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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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Vergennes youth club hits milestone, looks forward

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes Executive Director Mike Reiderer has been with the club for 14 of its 15 years and held his post for 13 years.

Reiderer has seen the club’s ups — five of its members have been named Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youths of the Year — and downs — a 2012 federal funding cut forced the club to shutter its elementary school program.

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Leahy cell phone unlocking bill passes Congress

Posted on August 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — In what he said is a victory for consumers, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has authored legislation that will allow Americans to switch wireless carriers while keeping their cell phone or tablet.

The process, known as “unlocking,” affords consumers more freedom to choose the wireless carrier and mobile device that best suits them.

On Friday, President Obama signed the legislation, formally titled the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.

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UTC Aerospace earns new $6.7 million defense contract

Posted on May 26, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced a new $6,723,732 Defense Department contract with UTC Aerospace Systems based in Vergennes to develop and test improved guidance systems for U.S. munitions, which would allow greater precision and avoid damage to innocent bystanders and property.

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U.S. Energy Secretary talks climate change at Middlebury College

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — The U.S. Secretary of Energy praised Vermont’s efforts in renewable energy development and defended the expansion of natural gas use at a panel at Middlebury College Friday morning.

Secretary Ernest Moniz was flanked by the state’s Congressional delegation and Gov. Peter Shumlin, as well as state business and academic leaders.

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BREAKING: Leahy to chair hearing on proposed constitutional amendment

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next month on a proposed constitutional amendment in response to the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decisions.

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