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Apiaries busy in their sweetest season

Posted on September 3, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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MIDDLEBURY — For veteran beekeepers at Champlain Valley Apiaries in Middlebury, late summer is the sweetest season.

It’s now, after all, that a year’s worth of hard work pays off. Beekeepers last week began extracting honey from the business’s 1,200 colonies, which dot Vermont from Whiting north to the Canadian border. In a time when honeybees are falling prey to more and more stresses — like parasitic mites, pesticides and mono-crop diets — the act of making honey is a welcome reminder that in some places, like Vermont, honeybees are hanging on.

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Changes in the field: More women, young grads fill the shoes of retiring large animal vets

Posted on August 27, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — Annie Starvish has a suitor.

The heifer tags along as the veterinarian makes the rounds in the free stall barns at the Vorsteveld Farm in Panton, where she is out doing “preg checks.” Periodically, Starvish and farmer Rudy Vorsteveld throw their arms wide, corralling one of the heifers into a stall. Then, after a gentle, reassuring pat to the animal’s hip, Starvish inserts a gloved hand into the cow’s rectum. Soon after, her arm disappears entirely.

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Dairy farmers seek escape from volatile milk pricing

Posted on August 24, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



MIDDLEBURY — Inching toward consensus, Addison County dairy farmers last Thursday hunkered down over coffee and donuts at the American Legion in Middlebury to discuss a plan some dairymen hope could pave the way beyond dramatic highs and lows in milk prices.

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Local producers voice concern over food safety bill

Posted on August 21, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — A bill passed late last month by the U.S. House of Representatives could take steps to improve the safety of American food. Local foods advocates say the goal is laudable, but if it makes it into law provisions of the bill would place unfair burdens on small farmers and food producers in Vermont.

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Farmers look to alternative energy: science converts cow manure to profit for dairies

Posted on August 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — Light streamed in through the paper-thin walls of the temporary shed, a small, greenhouse-like structure plunked down on a Bridport dairy farm. Here, Mark Hoffman is dabbling in alchemy.

Hoffman, a project manager for Montpelier-based Algepower, peered into shallow, plastic troughs stacked one above the other. He was between experiments, and the troughs were mostly empty, but when the system is in full swing the plastic slings are filled with murky green water and hungry algae.

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Oxen, fast food and motorcycles in the air: Field Days has something for everyone

Posted on August 10, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo and Kathryn Flagg



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Editor’s note: The 61st annual Addison County Fair and Field Days last week was, as ever, a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, smells and sensations. With so many events, demonstrations, fried treats and heated competitions to take in, our reporters picked just a few favorites for our readers to savor.

NEW HAVEN — Patrick Fifield wasn’t making much progress across the fairgrounds.

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Struggling students take to the farm fields in Leicester

Posted on August 6, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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By KATHRYN FLAGG
LEICESTER — The cucumber came soaring through the air in one smooth, effortless arc, landed solidly in 16-year-old Ernest Cormia’s hands, and then joined a growing pile of ripe vegetables in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the lush garden row.

“Toss me another,” Cormia called, and Bill Moore, a teacher at the Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, hurled another across the garden.

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Breaking news: USDA boosts price paid to dairy farmers

Posted on July 31, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



WASHINGTON, D.C. — After weeks of pleading their case for struggling dairymen in Washington, D.C., Vermont’s Congressional delegation finally made a breakthrough Friday, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Obama administration is taking immediate action to boost prices paid to dairy farmers.

That means that the price the federal government pays for milk and dairy products in the marketplace is set to go up for August, September and October, a price hike that the USDA estimates will increase dairy farmers’ revenue nationally by $243 million.

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Farm to Plate empowers ag-related businesses

Posted on July 16, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — In a year when dismal federal milk prices have slammed Vermont’s dairy industry, unmooring the cornerstone of Vermont’s agricultural industry, some state legislators might be hard pressed to sound a note of optimism about the future of agriculture in Vermont.

Not Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven. Ask Bray, and he’ll tell you the silver lining to the doom and gloom agriculture forecast boils down to two words: economic development.

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Dairy in Crisis - Part 1: Milk price crash puts squeeze on county dairy farmers

Posted on March 12, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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Editor’s Note — You’ve doubtless heard the news: Vermont’s dairy industry, the backbone of agriculture in the state, is foundering. Projections from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture estimate that this year’s downturn in milk prices — which threatens to bankrupt many farms — will have a $200 million impact on the state.

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