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Ski areas helping local farms with donations

Posted on June 27, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



JAY — What do skiing and dairy farming have in common?

Not much, it might seem, but two New England organizations would beg to differ. On June 5, Ski Vermont presented its first donation of $8,495 to Keep Local Farms, a Massachusetts organization.

“The skiing and farming economies run deep throughout our local communities,” said Ski Vermont president Parker Riehle. “Working together is vital to ensure the future success of these two iconic Vermont industries.”

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Robotic milkers shake up dairy farm routines

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ORWELL — In a barn at the Hall and Breen Farm on Monday morning, two lines of cows jostled for position, eager to enter the single-cow berths where they’d be rewarded with troughs of grain.

On the other side of the berths, Louis Hall and two maintenance workers watched as the robotic arms grasped each cow’s udders, milked, then released. As a cow left the stall, she pushed aside a bar that allowed the next cow to enter.

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Wood family into dairy for the long run

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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SHOREHAM — The Wood family in Shoreham later this month will add another honor to a growing list of conservation awards they’ve received for their dairy farm.

In a ceremony at the farm on June 26, the Lake Champlain Basin Program will award Gail and Loren Wood and their four grown children the title of LCBP Vermont Farm for 2010.

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Local 4-Hers looking into careers in dairy

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



ADDISON COUNTY — In early October, 12 Vermont teenagers from 4-H clubs across the state will be heading to the 57th Annual National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wis. Five of those teens are from Addison County: Andrew Levesque and Katy Tracey of the New Haven Dairy 4-H Club, Chelsea Plouffe and Sara Ingwersen from Mountain View 4-H Club, and Kristyn Jerome of the Mt. Independence 4-H Club.

The Addison County organizer for the trip is Cindy Kayhart of Chalker Farm in Weybridge.

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Growing up on a dairy farm offers a terrific education

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Ashley Howlett



 

BRIDPORT — For many teens, life’s all about hanging out with friends, sports, getting a job and coordinating weekend festivities.

For some Addison County teens, it’s about working and helping out on the farm. Although not every person who grows up on the farm takes an interest in the field, there are those who are passionate about farming and continue the generational trend in Vermont and care for their surroundings and their future.

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Legislation aims to reform dairy labor law

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

VERMONT — Labor has long been an issue for dairy farmers, but Vermont’s congressional delegation is seeking to alleviate some of that pressure with changes to federal guest worker policy.

At present, guest workers from other countries are limited to a one-year visa; and dairy farms, as non-seasonal operations, are barred from hiring through the program. The H-2A Improvement Act proposes changes to the current seasonal worker visa program that would allow dairy farmers to hire guest workers legally for a period of three years.

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Dairy prices on the rise, outlook good

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — After two years of rock bottom prices, business is looking up for many Vermont dairy farmers.

Cornwall dairy farmer John Roberts, who with his wife Lisa milk 200 cows at Butterwick Farm, said that this week his milk pulled in $23.19 per hundredweight (cwt) — more than double what it was fetching just two years ago, in 2009.

“It’s a big step forward,” he said.

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Legislature eyes change to raw milk law

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

VERMONT — A bill currently making its way through the legislature would allow Rural Vermont to resume raw milk processing classes halted by the state in February.

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Dairy farmers seek facts in monopoly suit

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in the Northeast are searching for more information in a lawsuit charging Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and its affiliate, Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) with price-fixing and monopolization of the regional dairy market.

On March 24, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington declined to make a decision on a request by attorneys representing Northeast dairy farmers to release a number of sealed court documents pertaining to the case.

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Big farmers concerned over regulation

Posted on February 28, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

MONTPELIER — A recent flurry of enthusiasm for small, diversified farming operations in the state has left some farmers feeling left out in the cold.

That was the main message a group of Addison County farmers gave to legislators when they traveled to the Statehouse last Wednesday.

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