Storm hammers animal sanctuary

After losing their income during the COVID-19 pandemic, selling their former farm sanctuary in Benson and starting over in Middlebury this year, Erika and Mark Butel felt like they finally had their feet on the ground. 

New help offered for home weatherization projects

A new program announced last week will add to a suite of incentives available to Vermonters who want to weatherproof their homes. 

Grants offered for water quality projects

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board is offering grants as large as $40,000 to farmers for projects that help protect water quality.

Vermont eyes gas vehicle ban

State regulators are on the cusp of adopting a rule that would push Vermont’s market for new passenger cars to all-electric in a little more than a decade.

Useful beetles are back in Vermont

In Vermont, 45 species of lady beetles have been identified, including 36 native species, but 12 have been missing from the state since the 1970s.

Scott vetoes Act 250 update

Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have updated Act 250, Vermont’s broad land use and development law, over concerns that it would impede efforts to alleviate the state’s severe housing crisis.

Gov. Scott vetoes climate change bill

Gov. Phil Scott on Friday vetoed the clean heat standard, which is widely viewed as the largest climate change bill of the session.

Changes would limit lawsuits against farms

Legislators in the state’s Senate Committee on Agriculture are discussing a bill that would limit the types of nuisance suits property owners can bring against farms.

Pay farmers not to pollute the waterways

Vermont farmers who are working to reduce phosphorus pollution from their fields into local water bodies will soon be eligible for a new kind of compensation.

Horizon Organic to stay a little longer

Horizon Organic, which plans to stop taking milk from Northeast producers, has announced it will extend contracts by six months, giving farmers more time to find new markets.

Vt. is getting millions for water infrastructure

Vermont will receive $63 million in the 2022 fiscal year from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for water infrastructure, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Dec. 2.

What Horizon’s exit means for Vt. farmers

The Hescocks, who milk 325 cows at their Shoreham farm, have been producing for Horizon since 1999. It’s been about a month since they received the letter, and they don’t know what their future holds, or whether they’ll be able to continue farming at all.

Middlebury College solar farm hits a snag

MIDDLEBURY — A Burlington-based solar development company has worked for more than a year to gain approval for a large-scale solar array on farmland owned by Middlebury College, which would help the college achieve its goal to be 100% renewable by 2028.Bu … (read more)

Clippings by Emma Cotton: Truths are found through listening

I appreciate journalism as an occupation because it provides an opportunity to dive into perspectives I wouldn’t otherwise have a reason to understand. Sources open the door and allow reporters to question personal details about their lives. As farmers ar … (read more)

What do Act 64 regulations mean for Addison County farmers?

This is Part III in a three-part series. Alongside pressures like falling milk prices and increasing production costs, farmers are charged with the financial, physical and emotional task of remediating Otter Creek’s water quality. What does this mean for … (read more)

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