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Bob Foster inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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ESSEX JUNCTION — Robert Foster of Middlebury was one of four 2018 inductees recently named to the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame. Foster was named as one of two inductees for a Lifetime Achievement: 30+ Years of Outstanding Service to Vermont Agriculture.

Foster is a partner in Foster Brothers Farm, a fifth-generation dairy, and served on the Agrimark Board of Directors for 37 consecutive years, before retiring in 2015. He also chairs the University of Vermont, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Board of Advisors.

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Kayharts to host a free farm breakfast

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON — The Kayhart Brothers Dairy in West Addison will host “Breakfast on the Farm” this Saturday, July 28. Enjoy a free pancake breakfast and a self-guided tour to see what the farmers have been up to these last few years, as well as learn a little about what they do and why they do it.

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Foodworks gives college students inside look at local ag work

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By James Finn



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MIDDLEBURY — For those who call Addison County home, many of the systems that bring the food we eat to our plates unfold more or less in our backyards.

From milk produced at Monument Farms and sold at Shaw’s and Hannaford supermarkets to produce grown by students at the Middlebury College Knoll of Route 125, production of local food dictates the day-to-day routines of many of those around us.

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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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