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Higher milk prices help dairy farmers play catch-up

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Local dairy farmers are riding a wave of high wholesale prices that some say will finally pull them out from the dairy crash of 2009.

“The prices we’re receiving now are much stronger,” said Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury.

Foster said much of the surge is due to high overseas demand.

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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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Inaction in Congress hurts local dairy farmers, future milk prices uncertain

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — As a new year dawns across the bleak Vermont landscape, dairy farmers have yet another worry to contend with.

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Dairy farmers hurt by government shutdown and expiration of farm bill

Posted on October 10, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



WEYBRIDGE — The partial shutdown of the federal government and the expiration of the farm bill have put Addison County dairy farmers in a precarious position. Without a price stabilization program or access to crucial information like crop reports and other federal resources, farmers have to make important business decisions based on educated guesses rather than hard data.

But it’s not just the farmers who are suffering. Some of those who support farms and the farm economy are also closed out of jobs or frustrated by government shutdown.

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Locals do well at Eastern States Expo

Posted on October 7, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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BURLINGTON — Vermont 4-H’ers captured several championships and top place awards at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 12-15, beating competitors from the five other New England states.

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Dairies endangered as farm bill expires

Posted on September 30, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — The anticipated expiration of the U.S. farm bill on Tuesday could increase uncertainty for one of Addison County’s major business sectors, as well as cast the future of food security programs used by local residents in doubt.

“Dairy farmers will be left without a safety net,” Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont’s lone congressman, said on Friday.

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New Sheldon Museum exhibit offers a view into the history of dairy

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ask some young whippersnapper where milk comes from, and you might get the wiseacre response, “from a carton.”

Well, a new exhibit at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History aims to set the record straight on all things dairy, covering the past 200 years. On display at the Middlebury museum through Aug. 4, “From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England” features a mesmerizing mélange of milk memorabilia that would make Old McDonald’s jaw drop.

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County dairy farms recognized for their high-quality milk

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont farms produce some of the best dairy product in the country, but several local dairy farms are being recognized for the truly outstanding quality of their milk.

Agri-Mark Cabot recently honored Kettletop Farm in Weybridge and Cher Mi Farm in Orwell as among the top 28 farms in the 1,260-farm cooperative that stretches across New England and to central New York state in its Top Quality Award competition.

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Documentary film reveals struggles of migrant dairy farm workers

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — “Hide,” a new documentary film made by two Middlebury College students, takes viewers behind the scenes of Addison County’s picturesque landscape. It follows eight anonymous migrant workers laboring unseen in unnamed Vermont dairy farms and exposes the struggles of their daily lives, for the first time, to larger audiences.

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Dairy cliff averted, farm bill back to square one

Posted on January 7, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



VERMONT — Under the shadow of fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress last week also passed measures to avert an anticipated spike in milk prices, which in the absence of a new Farm Bill was set to occur on the first of the year.

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