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Grants offered for sustainable farming

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is seeking applications for its 2019 Farmer Grants.

Proposals are due online by Nov. 27 at 11:59 p.m. Funded projects will be announced in late February 2019, and projects may begin in the spring.

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Not much federal support for dairy; farmers feel effects of trade tariffs

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By MICHELLE MONROE of the St. Albans Messenger



ST. ALBANS — Better than nothing, but not by much.

That’s how farmers, industry officials and members of Congress are characterizing the Trump administration’s plan to aid dairy farmers hit by tariffs as a result of the President’s “trade war.”

The proposal includes direct relief of 12 cents per hundredweight on half of a farm’s 2018 production, totaling $127.4 million nationwide, and $84.9 million in purchases of dairy products.

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Dairy farm numbers still in decline; farmers seek solutions for below-cost milk prices

Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By MICHELLE MONROE of the St. Albans Messenger



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VERMONT — In 2017, there was an average of 796 dairy farms in operation in Vermont. As of August, there were just 711.

That’s a loss of almost 11 percent in eight months, and the disappearance of 340 (or 32 percent) since 2009, when the Vermont Agency of Agriculture reported 1,051 dairy farms.

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Apple season is under way at Monkton orchard

Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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MONKTON — Jessika and Steven Yates didn’t move to Monkton for the apples.

In 2008, after 10 years living abroad on boats, the Yateses fell in love with some land on Monkton Ridge and they bought it. That land came with a house, amazing views and some apple trees — 120 of them.

“At first we saw the orchard as this fun challenge,” said Jessika Yates, who now manages those trees.

A lot has happened since then.

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Dairy in crisis: Farmers, vendors say they're in need of immediate relief

Posted on August 23, 2018 |
By MICHELLE MONROE of the St. Albans Messenger



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ST. ALBANS — While dairy farmers resume discussions of a longterm solution to the perennial problem of low milk prices, farmers themselves are making it clear urgent action is needed now.

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Even a peaceful farm has dangers

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Contrary to the popular image of fresh air and peaceful surroundings, a farm is not a hazard-free work setting. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents. According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation.

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Antique farm equipment sparks memories at Field Days

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By James Finn



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NEW HAVEN — At the Addison County Fair and Field Days’ antique equipment barn, volunteers and Field Days board members last week gave visitors a taste of what it was like to be an Addison County farmer 100 years ago.

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Local 4-Hers win prizes at show

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



NEW HAVEN — It was a whirlwind four days for the 92 4-H equestrians who competed in English and Western equitation classes at the annual Vermont 4-H State Horse Show, July 12-15, at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site. 
 
Two 4-H’ers from Addison County, Alexis Marnellos of Lincoln and Catera Doner of New Haven came home with prizes. 
 

Granville tree farm to host tours

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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GRANVILLE — The public is invited to join the Vermont Tree Farm Program on Sept. 15 for the organization’s Tree Farmer of the Year Tour in Granville.

Participants will tour the historic Old John Vinton Hill Farm with Peter and Julie Parker, the 2018 Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. It is a 560-acre Certified Tree Farm located on North Hollow Road in Granville.

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More than 2,000 flock to Kayhart Bros. Farm for breakfast, education

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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WEST ADDISON — As the last visitor departed from Saturday’s Breakfast on the Farm event, hosts Steve and Tim Kayhart of Kayhart Brothers Dairy in West Addison were walking on clouds.

“It was great for us, of course, but it was also great for the dairy industry as a whole,” Steve said.

The next day, however, he found himself in a funk.

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