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Sugaring season comes to a sweet conclusion

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



ADDISON COUNTY — With a bout of summer-like weather early this week following a long, cold spring, Addison County’s sugarmakers are shutting down their evaporators and plucking taps from their budding maple trees.

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Climate may challenge sugarmakers: Maples at risk from global warming

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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ADDISON COUNTY — Earlier this week, in the hills of Starksboro and Huntington, wind whipped audibly through Hillsboro Sugarworks’ 15,000 sugar maples. Light rain tapped on the roof of the 1979 sugarhouse and dripped onto the ground. Sue Folino, co-owner of the operation with her husband, Dave, eyed the quivering trees warily.

“It’s days like this that can rip the forest apart,” she said.

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Monkton berry farm turning over a new leaf: Land conserved as young couple launches new enterprise

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Forty-four years ago, a young couple bought 108 acres on Davis Road in Monkton and started dairy farming. Over the years the farm changed its focus to berries and became beloved throughout the community as Norris Berry Farm.

This spring a new young couple will begin farming those same acres.

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Bill on soil practices draws fire at legislative lunch

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRIDPORT — Water quality, regenerative agriculture certification, farm labor, and the legislative budgeting process topped the bill at Monday’s Ag Lunch at the Bridport Grange.

Close to 50 attendees gathered for the annual lunch, which is part of the legislative breakfast series co-sponsored by the Bridport Grange and the Addison County Farm Bureau.

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Feds could ICE-out dairy economy: Deporting workers would 'devastate' farms

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont dairy farmers and farmworkers are in an increased state of alert as federal immigration authorities begin enforcing President Trump’s immigration policies. What the White House described as taking “the shackles off” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) and other agencies has resulted in shifts in policy that more aggressively target deportation of foreign workers — including farmworkers who have overstated their visas.

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UVM Extension to hold manure-spreading workshops

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — To comply with Act 64, Vermont’s water quality bill, all custom manure applicators must become certified in order to apply manure on farms and cropland in the state.

To help them earn their certification, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension will offer training sessions at three locations in February and March. Although free to attend, registration is required by Feb. 10. A light lunch is included.

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Extension provides one-on-one expertise to farmers implementing RAPs

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — University of Vermont (UVM) Extension in Middlebury and St. Albans will provide ongoing support in 2017 for Vermont farmers as ACAP — the Agronomy and Conservation Assistance Program — continues.

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Gov. Phil Scott vows to protect foreign farm workers

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — U.S. immigration policy took the spotlight unexpectedly during a meeting of farmers last Thursday when Gov. Phil Scott made it clear that he would do whatever he could to protect Mexican farm laborers who may be under threat from President Trump.

Scott started his comments at the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition annual meeting at the American Legion hall in Vergennes by addressing the executive orders issued earlier in the week in Washington.

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Diplomats aid Mexican dairy farm workers

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Freddie and Gladis, Mexican citizens, have worked on Vermont dairy farms since 2010. Last month the couple brought their two-month-old daughter, Charlene, from Stowe, where they live, to Middlebury for the annual visit by officials from the Mexican Consulate of Boston.

They came to get a Mexican birth certificate for the pink-swathed baby, a new service offered by the Mexican diplomats.

The wish for birth certificates was part of a dominant theme at this year’s annual visit from the Mexican Consulate — uncertainty.

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Ag tour highlights farm efforts to improve lake water quality

Posted on September 29, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Legislators, policy makers, representatives from state and federal entities and others got on the bus Monday to see what Addison County farmers are doing to improve water quality in Lake Champlain.

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