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XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/2058/all en County farmers struggle with endless rain http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307county-farmers-struggle-endless-rain <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17909" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201307county-farmers-struggle-endless-rain"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/corn5077.thumbnail.jpg" alt="corn5077.jpg" title="corn5077.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ROWS OF CORN stand submerged in high water on a Middlebury farm Wednesday morning. Local feed crops are suffering from the heavy rains this spring and summer and farmers fear they could have trouble feeding livestock in the coming year. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.</p> <p> The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17910">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307county-farmers-struggle-endless-rain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County farming Featured Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:12:58 +0000 Trent Campbell 17910 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Local sugarmakers say maple season sets records http://www.addisonindependent.com/201304local-sugarmakers-say-maple-season-sets-records <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-16559" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201304local-sugarmakers-say-maple-season-sets-records"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/sugarhouse3722.thumbnail.jpg" alt="sugarhouse3722.jpg" title="sugarhouse3722.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MICHAEL BURNS, STANDING, Michelle Patterson, left, Taryn Burns, Taylor Patterson and Tanner Burns operate Shoreham’s Triple T Mapleworks, which produced 850 gallons of syrup this year. The family plans to expand its operations again next year. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Last year&rsquo;s maple sugaring season may have ranked among the worst in recent memory. But in 2013, Mother Nature delivered in spades.</p> <p> &ldquo;This year broke all records,&rdquo; said Tom Audet of Ledge Haven Farm in Orwell. &ldquo;In quantity, quality and length of season, it was just a record breaker.&rdquo;</p> <p> Like Audet, sugarmakers across the county are reporting a record season.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16560">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201304local-sugarmakers-say-maple-season-sets-records" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Featured maple sugar Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:16:40 +0000 Addison Independent 16560 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Home Improvement: Homeowners get solar panel options http://www.addisonindependent.com/201304home-improvement-homeowners-get-solar-panel-options <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-16201" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201304home-improvement-homeowners-get-solar-panel-options"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/solararray7567.thumbnail.jpg" alt="solararray7567.jpg" title="solararray7567.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JON SATZ, SEEN here with his dog Willa, had a solar array installed on his Woods Market Garden property in Brandon late last year. Satz will see a small break on his electricity bill for the next six years, at which point he has an option to buy the system and see much bigger savings. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and for some homes and businesses, the increased sun exposure may mean more than starting gardens, wearing shorts and slathering on SPF-65.</p> <p> A growing number of homeowners around Addison County are considering putting photovoltaic solar panels on their rooftops or in their yards, which until recently constituted a substantial up-front investment &mdash; from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the home and the location.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16202">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201304home-improvement-homeowners-get-solar-panel-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Featured solar Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:33:43 +0000 xian 16202 at http://www.addisonindependent.com