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Paquette inducted into Vt. Ag Hall of Fame

Posted on September 18, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Everyone in Addison County knows Lucien Paquette, he moved to Addison County in 1946 to become County Extension Agent. Over 36 years in that position he became the best-known agriculturalist in the county.

Working with farmers of all sorts of crops — from apples to dairy — he developed a reputation that continues to be strong today.

Because of his enduring ties to farming in the Green Mountain State, Paquette recently was inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Dairies of Distinction: Farms put the best face on Vt. dairy

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture recognized 140 dairy farms as “Dairies of Distinction” at the annual luncheon hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex this past Thursday. Twenty-seven of those farms, or about one-fifth of the total, are in Addison County.

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Opinion: Feds' bucks for Lake Champlain just throwing money at problem

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By James H. Maroney Jr.



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Feds help farms meet labor rules

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By David Weil of the U.S. Department of Labor



The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new publication and video to provide agricultural employers and workers with simple, clear information on the laws governing employment of agricultural and farm workers.

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USDA details new insurance program for dairy

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BURLINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, flanked by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch at a press conference in Burlington last Thursday, announced a new dairy insurance program to protect farmers against volatile price swings.

“I would urge farmers to sign up to this program for $100,” Leahy said. “It is a great investment and a chance to stop the boom and bust cycle we have.”

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Feds promise $45 million for Lake Champlain

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BURLINGTON — With the stunning vista of Lake Champlain at his back, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Thursday that the federal government will spend up to $45 million to protect the lake and its watershed.

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UVM program trains next generation of farmers

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s farmers are aging, but a program run by the University of Vermont Extension aims to inject new blood into the state’s backbone industry.

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Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger

Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.

There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.

And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.

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Barge filled with local foods begins new voyage to NYC

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — A crew of four will set sail down the Hudson River early this June on the Ceres, the volunteer-built sailing barge of the Vermont Sail Freight Project, whose mission is to bring low-carbon regional food trade back to the Hudson. VSFP is entering its second season of operation and plans to host about 15 public markets on its journey down to the New York/New Jersey harbor and back.

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Grain seller profiles dairy farmers in a new magazine

Posted on June 5, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — Many businesses release quarterly newsletters to keep their customers up to date on what’s going on in their industry, but Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition Inc. is upping the ante. The New Haven company, which serves those on the front lines of agriculture, last week introduced a new dairy magazine called Perspectives: Dairy farming in the Northeast.

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