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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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Dairy program proposal to be explained April 14

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — John Newton, Ph.D. Director, Market Intelligence for the American Farm Bureau will discuss the proposed changes to the dairy margin protection program in the 2018 disaster package. The Addison County Farm Bureau welcomes Newton to Middlebury on Saturday, April 14, at the VFW on Exchange Street from 3-6 p.m.

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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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Dairy program extended to help more farmers

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be reopening the enrollment next week for the much-improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

The changes implement improvements that Leahy included in the Bipartisan Budget Act in February to give Vermont dairy farmers what the senator called a more cost-effective risk protection option. Reopening enrollment is especially important now as dairy farmers are experiencing a difficult year with falling prices for their milk.

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Letter to the editor: Organic dairies would protect the lake

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By James H. Maroney



Inadequately designed or antiquated wastewater treatment plants account for roughly 5 percent of the pollution in Lake Champlain. Upgrading or replacing these plants would require years and years and cost hundred of millions or even billions of dollars. When these plants are all upgraded, the pollution flowing into the lake from WWTPs would probably improve from 5 percent to 3 percent.

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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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New venture to turn manure and food waste into energy

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A Salisbury farm will soon be turning on-site cow manure and Addison County food waste into renewable energy that will push Middlebury College’s campus beyond its goal of carbon neutrality.

The Goodrich Farm will host a Farm Powered-brand anaerobic digester that will, on a daily basis, process 100 tons of manure from the 900-cow farm off Shard Villa Road and 165 tons of organic food waste per day from some of the Middlebury area’s biggest organizations, including the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese making plant in Middlebury.

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Bedding catches fire at Four Hills

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Folks in Bristol may be been wondering why there was so much smoke coming from the farm fields off Plank Road on Sunday. It turns out that is the case of fire in some stored hay at the Four Hills Farm.

Chanin Hill explained in a social media post that the farm had “ been monitoring a pile of bedding hay for signs that it was heating up and sure enough with the addition of (Sunday’s) high winds the situation required action.”

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New hands take over on Monkton farm; Land Trust keeps 'prime' ag soil in ag

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Young Nathan Baldwin, all of three years old, races happily through the dairy barn on the farm formerly run by the Cota brothers, stopping to hug a few weeks’ old heifers. They nudge back playfully.

Outside the barn, some of dad Matt Baldwin’s mature Jerseys and Holsteins move through the grass, grazing peacefully. Looking south — past a small mountain of plastic-wrapped haylage —  green fields stretch toward the horizon, hugging Hogback Ridge to the east.

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Bridport farmer leaps into robotic milking

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRIDPORT — Today more than ever, technology is interwoven into our daily lives, and recently is becoming a key player on Vermont dairy farms.

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