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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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Open farm dates set for Aug. 13-19

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better and to get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape? Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: Aug. 13-19 taking place at farms across Vermont.

For Vermont’s agricultural producers, this is a celebration of Vermont farms that will offer visitors a backstage pass to learn more about local food origins, authentic agritourism experiences, and the chance to build relationships with farmers.

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UVM Extension seeks dairy farm nominations

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association are seeking nominations for the 2018 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The deadline to submit is April 27.

The award, which has been presented annually since 1961, honors one outstanding dairy farm each year for overall excellence in dairying. Nominees are evaluated by a judging committee comprised of past winners on their overall farm management, innovative practices, milk quality, crops, pasture quality, conservation practices and promotion of the dairy industry.

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Seminars for hops growers offered online

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education organization, known as NE-SARE, is in the second year of a project with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team to sponsor educational online seminars (webinars) for farmers. The two organizations on Monday, April 23, at noon will host their first Hops Power Hour webinar.

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Dairy industry continues to take hits; worldwide milk glut keeps prices low

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — The Bridport Grange and Addison County Farm Bureau will host a legislative luncheon on April 9 that will focus on the mounting financial challenges for farmers in the Green Mountain State.

But local farmers and lawmakers this past Monday had no interest in waiting a week to vent their frustrations, as they spent the vast majority of the latest legislative breakfast describing the fragile state of a dairy industry beset with surplus product that has reduced milk prices and left more farms on the brink of closing.

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'Buy Local Market' and cooking contest to be held at farm show

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is organizing the seventh annual Buy Local Market that will be held during “Consumer Night” at the Vermont Farm Show on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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Diplomat offers hope to Mexican dairy farm labor

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Microphone in hand, Consul General Emilio Rabasa addressed Mexican nationals at a mobile consulate event in Middlebury last Saturday, exhorting an assortment of Mexican dairy farm workers to know their rights — rights guaranteed by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Later that afternoon he stood in a Middlebury barn chatting with two local dairy workers about their lives both at home and here in Vermont.

Both workers, as it turns out, were from the state of Chiapas — near where Rabasa himself grew up.

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Turkey producers reach the home stretch: Orwell farm raises 22,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL — Two thousand five hundred turkeys gobble as they mill about in one of Stonewood Farm’s eight massive turkey barns. Up in front is a pen of huge critters that will each yield a 50-pound bird, once roasted. Imagine that on your Thanksgiving table (and the oven that could hold it!).

A little over a week before Thanksgiving, Orwell’s Stonewood Farm is going full speed, close to 12 hours a day, seven days a week to process the 22,000 birds raised for this year’s Turkey Day.

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