Public invited to interact with Vermont watershed groups at virtual meeting

Vermont’s three farmer watershed organizations invite their members, legislators, and the general public to attend their joint annual meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition (CVFC), the Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance (CRWFA), and the Franklin and Grand Isle Farmer’s Watershed Alliance (FWA) will present a fast-paced evening filled with updates, resources for farmers, and the launch of new educational programming for farmers and a social media o … (read more)

Farmers get drought aid from feds

ADDISON COUNTY — For local farmers who have suffered losses because of drought conditions this year, help may be on the way from the federal government. Last month, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 10 Vermont counties, including Addison, … (read more)

Veterans who are farmers share challenges

ADDISON COUNTY — The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) later this month will host a national virtual conference that promotes itself as being at the forefront of the military-to-agriculture movement. The Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will be held on … (read more)

Six loose cows shot dead in Orwell (updated)

ORWELL — Six loose cows appear to have been shot and killed Friday night in Orwell, according to a press release issued by Vermont State Police Saturday. The cows had been running wild most of the summer and fall, said Brian Kemp, who owns Mountain Meadow … (read more)

Vt. Congressional delegation: Why move food aid out of state?

Vermont’s congressional delegation has raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to move the state’s Farmers to Families contract, part of a pandemic program that helps feed people in need, from a Vermont-based food distributor t … (read more)

New program will pay farmers to reduce phosphorus

VERMONT — Vermont farmers who go above and beyond state and federal regulations for reducing phosphorus runoff will soon be compensated for that extra work. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is launching the Vermont Pay-for-Phosp … (read more)

Extended dry weather hinders area farmers

ADDISON COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency wants to hear from local farmers who have suffered crop losses because of this spring and summer’s dry weather. “Despite recent rains, drought has impacted many farms across Vermont … (read more)

Funds will help farmers reach out to schools

VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) and Food Connects recently received U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School grants totaling $153,767. The grants will help Vermont farms increase their sales to local schools and … (read more)

Congress urges USDA to support farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, co-founder of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, on Tuesday was among the signers of a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue, urging the USDA to support dairy farmers facing an economic crisis d … (read more)

Nominate Vermont farmers for a grant

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Land Trust is accepting applications for an award to celebrate and benefit Vermont farmers. The $5,000 Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award will be given to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneur … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Undocumented farmworker arrest is a blow to farmers

Migrant workers in Addison County: Well, congratulations to ICE for arresting a hard-working undocumented Hispanic getting groceries on a break from a job local people won’t do! Putting it to our local farmers again! I think the real hero is Middlebury Po … (read more)

How can Vermont better support land stewards?

WATERBURY — A group of farmers, agricultural organizations and state and federal regulators last week began developing a plan for paying Vermont farmers to implement conservation projects on their land.  The case for this is simple:  Vermont has 1.2 milli … (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)