Forage field day to be held Sept. 1 in Whiting

 Richville Farms in Whiting and UVM Extension will host a field day on forages for farmers.

New dairy funding opportunities are offered

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center this week announced three funding opportunities for dairy farmers and service providers.

Letter to the editor: Farms getting a pollution pass

Vermont has known for at least 60 years that it is not meeting its water quality standards in Lake Champlain and that the major contributor to the problem is conventional dairy. Conventional farming was designed in the years following Wolrd War II, when f … (read more)

Registration now open for Open Farm Week

VERMONT — Registration is now open for the 8th annual Vermont Open Farm Week, taking place at farms across Vermont on Aug. 7-14. This special week in August, hosted by DigIn VT, creates an opportunity for folks to connect with Vermont’s working landscape, … (read more)

New tool offered for those interested in agrotourism

BURLINGTON — University of Vermont Extension, in collaboration with the Vermont Fresh Network and Dig in Vermont, recently released a new regulatory navigation tool for agritourism operators. The free tool is designed to help both individuals new to agrit … (read more)

$5 million in sustainable ag funds available

VERMONT — Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, known as SARE, is accepting preproposals to distribute $5 million in funding across its three largest grant programs: Research and Education, Research for Novel Approaches, and Profession … (read more)

Organic milk buyer leaving Vt. farmers high and dry

Danone, a global food company and the owner of Horizon Organic, plans to terminate contracts next year with all of its organic dairy farmers in Vermont and other parts of the Northeast, leaving farmers without buyers for their milk.Other buyers in the are … (read more)

Farmers: Make good use of nitrogen-rich manure

VERMONT — While manure often gets a bad rap, it gives farmers who raise livestock a valuable resource to meet the nutrient needs of crops and supplies organic matter to the soil in a way unmatched by commercial fertilizers. Using manure effectively maximi … (read more)

Watch local farmers at work during 24-hour web event

VERMONT — Next week a special social media event will showcase a day in the life of Vermont farmers. #Farm24VT runs from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, until 5 a.m. the following day. Farmers will share photos, videos and stories that provide a behind-the-s … (read more)

Regional chain buys Mountain View Equipment

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury distributor of John Deere and other brand farm equipment has been sold to a larger chain of stores that sells new and used equipment to farmers, commercial landscapers, builders, and homeowners. United Ag & Turf of East Windsor … (read more)

Federal disaster loans now available to farmers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration this week said that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal reopened Monday as a result of funding authorized … (read more)

Online sessions aim to help farmers adapt to COVID-19 situation

VERMONT — A free, interactive online series will help farmers and agricultural service providers learn how to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation to remain viable and continue to serve their customers’ needs. University of Vermont Extension; the Verm … (read more)

Workshop will help farmers learn new skills

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Relocalization Network, known as ACORN, is following up November’s 4th Annual Producer Buyer Forum with its annual winter workshops series for farmers and food producers.  ACORN Board Member Annie Harlow is a main organizer of … (read more)

Letter to the editor: We must rethink our food choices and farming

Kudos to New Haven’s Geoff Davis and his timely, well-written, necessary letter to the editor — “Large scale dairy farming inherently Unsustainable” (Sept. 16).  — with many numbers supporting his statements. I would encourage anyone who did not read this … (read more)

Editorial: Finding balance between farm practices and water quality

In the third of a three-part series examining the historic and current role of the Otter Creek in Addison County, and its current status as the heaviest conveyor of phosphorus pollution into Lake Champlain, we turn a sympathetic ear to the burden placed o … (read more)