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Farmers: It's hot for the cows, too

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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ADDISON COUNTY — The record-breaking heat wave that hung over Vermont last week may have mostly broken, but local farmers say its effects could be felt for weeks more.

Pete James, the farm manager at Monument Farms in Weybridge, said his cows are reacting just like any hot human being would.

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Mexican farmworker remains in custody

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



ADDISON COUNTY — A local farmworker from Mexico remains in custody after his arrest on Sunday, June 24, by agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Alejandro Hernández Ventura, a 25-year-old employee at an Addison County dairy farm, is being held at a detention center in Strafford County, N.H.

“We’ve been in constant contact with him,” said Enrique Mesa, an immigration lawyer in Manchester, N.H., who is representing Hernández Ventura. “He’s very frustrated and very scared.”

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Local farmworker in custody after ICE arrest

Posted on July 3, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



ADDISON COUNTY — A local farmworker from Mexico was arrested on Sunday, June 24 by agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
 

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Farmers do their part to reduce food waste

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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ADDISON COUNTY — 2014 was a great year for cabbage in Vermont. Spencer Blackwell’s cabbages on Elmer Farm in Middlebury grew to be around 12 pounds each.

It was amazing to see, but he knew he wouldn’t be able to sell the especially heavy heads of greens to any of his usual markets. He ended up “turning under” two-thirds of the cabbages, not harvesting them so that the nutrients from the germinated crops could be recycled into the soil.

While this was an anomaly for Blackwell, it happens regularly on farms throughout the state.

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VanderWey and DeVries receive ag. awards

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES/FERRISBURGH — Since 2005, the Vermont Land Trust has been recognizing outstanding high school juniors and seniors who are studying the fields of agriculture and forestry. This year, senior Raymond VanderWey of Vergennes Union High School and Cody DeVries of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center received the Land Stewards Award from the land trust in recognition of their agricultural studies and work, along with a check for $250.

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It's time to nominate Vt. Ag. Hall of Famers

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ESSEX JUNCTION — This year the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame celebrates its 16th year and will expand its nomination criteria to reflect the evolving face of Vermont agriculture. For the first time ever, nominations will be accepted in three categories: Emerging Leaders, Ag Innovators and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Vermont bans pesticides cited to cause local bee die-off

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — A coalition of scientists, beekeepers, environmental advocates and farmers said they were extremely pleased that the Senate voted 29-0 to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of bee decline, on all ornamental, non-agricultural plants in Vermont. The bill, which the Senate passed last week, also will require that seed dealers accept orders for corn and soy seeds that are untreated with neonicotinoid pesticides for the 2019 planting season.

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Vermont can spark interest in agritourism

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Lisa Chase



Picking apples, learning how maple syrup is made, tasting heirloom tomatoes, milking a cow — all of these activities are part of the growing trend of agritourism.

A few generations ago, most families had relatives, friends or neighbors living on farms, if they weren’t farmers themselves. Today the age-old tradition of visiting farms and ranches to experience agriculture and celebrate harvests is seeing a revival in Vermont and throughout the U.S. and other countries.

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Vt. bans exporting ash wood

Posted on May 14, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — As part of the ongoing response to the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the state, Vermont has joined the United States Department of Agriculture’s 31-state quarantine boundary, state officials announced last week. The quarantine will help reduce the movement of infested ash wood to un-infested regions outside of Vermont’s borders.

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Beef cattle raised on grass in Cornwall

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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CORNWALL — What does “grass-fed beef” mean?

For Cheryl and Marc Cesario of Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, “grass-fed” is more than a label slapped on a package of beef. It’s a way of thinking.

“I don’t see myself as a beef producer. I’m a grass farmer,” Marc said. “I’m in the energy business. The sun shines every day, whether I do anything or not. The question is: How do you harvest the sun?”

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