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New venture to turn manure and food waste into energy

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A Salisbury farm will soon be turning on-site cow manure and Addison County food waste into renewable energy that will push Middlebury College’s campus beyond its goal of carbon neutrality.

The Goodrich Farm will host a Farm Powered-brand anaerobic digester that will, on a daily basis, process 100 tons of manure from the 900-cow farm off Shard Villa Road and 165 tons of organic food waste per day from some of the Middlebury area’s biggest organizations, including the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese making plant in Middlebury.

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Bedding catches fire at Four Hills

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Folks in Bristol may be been wondering why there was so much smoke coming from the farm fields off Plank Road on Sunday. It turns out that is the case of fire in some stored hay at the Four Hills Farm.

Chanin Hill explained in a social media post that the farm had “ been monitoring a pile of bedding hay for signs that it was heating up and sure enough with the addition of (Sunday’s) high winds the situation required action.”

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New hands take over on Monkton farm; Land Trust keeps 'prime' ag soil in ag

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Young Nathan Baldwin, all of three years old, races happily through the dairy barn on the farm formerly run by the Cota brothers, stopping to hug a few weeks’ old heifers. They nudge back playfully.

Outside the barn, some of dad Matt Baldwin’s mature Jerseys and Holsteins move through the grass, grazing peacefully. Looking south — past a small mountain of plastic-wrapped haylage —  green fields stretch toward the horizon, hugging Hogback Ridge to the east.

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Bridport farmer leaps into robotic milking

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRIDPORT — Today more than ever, technology is interwoven into our daily lives, and recently is becoming a key player on Vermont dairy farms.

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Organic milk prices plummet across Vermont

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Erin Mansfield of VTDigger.org



VERMONT — A once-hot market for organic milk has cooled, and farmers are paying the price.

In the face of a market glut, companies are paying Vermont’s organic dairy farmers less for their product, at a cost of tens thousands of dollars to each farm.

Organic Valley, which buys milk from more than half of Vermont’s roughly 200 organic dairy farms, will be accepting less milk from farmers at its highest price and paying discount rates for additional milk.

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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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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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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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Law would shield farmworkers from ICE

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., earlier this month introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and to put them on a path to earned legal status and eventual citizenship.

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