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Grants offered to improve water quality: Farmers can apply for $40K in funds

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), has announced the availability of grant funds for on-farm capital improvement projects. Eligible farmers can apply for Water Quality Grants or Dairy Improvement Grants, both of which allow up to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required for both grants and may include federal or state grants as well as cash or loans. Upcoming application deadlines and eligibility requirements for both grant programs are available on the Viability Program website.

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Portrait of a migrant dairy farmworker; Mexican man flees violence, poverty to work in Vermont

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



Editor’s note: This newspaper has done a number of stories about Vermont’s immigrant farmworkers. In this article, the Independent’sagriculture reporter puts a personal lens on this issue. What follows is one person’s story, as told to the Independent.

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Migrants play a big part in the dairy industry

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



VERMONT  — An estimated 1,200 Latino farmworkers labor on Vermont’s dairy farms, according to University of Vermont researcher Dan Baker. He said most are undocumented.

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NOFA surveys farm customers

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is conducting a consumer behavior research project, focused on discovering the trends that influence when consumers purchase from farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and farm stands.

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Open Farm Week begins Aug. 14

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — For the third consecutive year, farmers across Vermont will open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Vermont Open Farm Week 2017 will be held Monday, August 14, through Sunday, August 20, and features 102 events at almost 50 farms across the state. Events are live and sorted by day and location on DigInVT.com.

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Cabot Creamery Co-operative receives Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

Posted on August 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Agri-Mark, a cooperative of 1,100 dairy farm families and maker of Cabot cheddar and dairy products, is proud to announce their selection by Governor Phil Scott as a receipt of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

Working with Efficiency Vermont and their Continuous Energy Improvement Initiative (CEI), the Middlebury facility assessed and optimized the energy usage required to make compressed air and improved overall efficiencies in plant-wide air usage.

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Open Farm Week returns for third consecutive year

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — For the third consecutive year, farmers across Vermont will once again open their barn doors and gar- den gates to welcome the pub- lic for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscapes. Vermont Open Farm Week 2017 will be held Monday, August 14, through Sunday, Au- gust 20, and features 102 events at almost 50 farms across the state. Events are live and sorted by day and location on DigInVT. com.

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Towns, farms are full steam ahead on water quality

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERMONT — While politicians and federal agencies jockey to pay for the $2.3 billion clean up of Lake Champlain and improvement of Vermont’s waters, state and local agencies tasked with making it all happen are moving full speed ahead.

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Bankruptcy forces Rutland County dairy to auction cows and machinery

Posted on July 31, 2017 |
By ALAN J. KEAYS of VTDigger.org



IRA — The 108 head of cattle are gone. So are the tractors, balers and even the manure spreader.

They all went to the highest bidders at an auction earlier this month at Milky Way Farm in Ira after a creditor of the financially struggling Rutland County dairy operation called in a $152,000 loan.

Mary Saceric-Clark and her son, Robbie Clark Jr., had been trying for years to stave off the sale.

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Proposed law seeks path to legal status for farmworkers

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERMONT — A key to finally getting federal law changed so immigrants can more easily work on Vermont’s dairy farms is getting farmers and farm advocates here to reach out to their counterparts in Republican-leaning states. That is the analysis of people familiar with the legislative process in Washington, D.C.

They were commenting on the future of the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017, bill S.1034 in the U.S. Senate and bill H.R.2690 in the U.S. House.

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