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Ag tour highlights farm efforts to improve lake water quality

Posted on September 29, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Legislators, policy makers, representatives from state and federal entities and others got on the bus Monday to see what Addison County farmers are doing to improve water quality in Lake Champlain.

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Hops yard grows in Starksboro

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — It’s a golden early fall day. Across from the beaver pond along a stretch of Route 17 where it snakes toward the spine of the Green Mountains stand two acres of trellises, each row as high as a house. Twirling up 18-foot lengths of twine, 2,000 hop plants reach toward the sun, laden with cones (the name for those blossoms that make beer taste so good to some).

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Lanphears run Vermont's top dairy farm

Posted on August 23, 2016 |
By Lisa Halvorsen / Freelance Agricultural Journalist for UVM Extension



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HYDE PARK — The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, has been named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The award is presented annually by University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program to an exemplary Vermont dairy farm.

This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high-quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics.

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With little water, farmers consider new irrigation plans

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



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SHOREHAM — At 2 p.m. on a recent sunny afternoon, a group of 20 farmers stood around a giant metal reel, which pulled a hulking irrigation gun 1,300 feet toward them as it turned. The gun showered water onto the otherwise dry Elysian Fields, owned by Joe and Kathleen Hescock, which were certified organic in 1998.

The farmers were there to learn about something new for many of them — irrigating pastures where their cows graze.

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Brandon dairy farmers fined for manure pit overflows

Posted on July 12, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — A Rutland Superior Court judge has ordered Brandon dairy farmers William and Robin Hanfield to fix an overflowing manure pit and pay a $24,750 fine for violating Vermont’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

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Ag students recognized for land stewardship

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — Two local students received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust on May 27. The award, now in its 11th year, acknowledges the hard work of tomorrow’s agricultural and forestry leaders with an unrestricted cash prize of $250.

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Updated rules seek to stop pollution runoff from farms

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture late last week updated rules designed to slow or stop farm runoff into Lake Champlain and is seeking feedback from farmers and other members of the public during a series of hearings next month.

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New raw cheese rule could harm Vermont industry

Posted on February 11, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation that could severely limit production of raw milk cheeses has just been put on hold, but local cheesemakers aren’t out from under the shadow of the rule just yet.

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Farmers confronted by new rules to help clean Lake Champlain

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 farmers and interested community members packed the American Legion Hall in Middlebury Nov. 19 to hear the Agency of Agriculture explain new farming rules designed to help clean up Lake Champlain.

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Lake clean-up deal targets farms; Agency to expand ag rules, practices

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Michelle Monroe and Gaen Murphree



CHAMPLAIN VALLEY — A landmark agreement between Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) puts Addison County farmers on alert that all Vermont farms within the entire Lake Champlain watershed must get on board with the new, more stringent requirements to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain — not just those within the most heavily polluted Missisquoi basin.

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