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New dairy bill introduces supply management plan

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week Representative Collin Peterson, D-Minn., introduced a proposal that would dramatically overhaul federal controls on the national dairy industry into the U.S. House.

Peterson’s discussion draft bill would introduce dairy market stabilization measures that have been heralded by many in the industry as a solution to national overproduction issues.

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Way sought to make taxes more equitable

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger)



ST. ALBANS — School taxes are the missing piece in an ongoing effort to revamp Vermont’s tax structure, according to Rep. Carolyn Branagan, R-Georgia. To remedy that problem the state recently hired a California firm to study the state’s education taxes.

Earlier this year, a blue ribbon tax commission released an analysis and recommendations for the state income and sales taxes.

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State dairy industry dips below 1,000 farms

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — During the month of May, eight more dairy farms in Vermont shuttered their milking parlors, dropping the number from 1,001 to 993 — the first time in recent history that Vermont has had fewer than 1,000 dairy farms in the state.

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Sole sisters

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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VERMONT — Running 200 miles alone is a feat that only a select number of ultra-endurance athletes can accomplish. As a group of Addison County women found out on June 18, tackling the distance as a team still offers a significant challenge, but also leads to a fun, exciting and rewarding weekend — especially when the course runs right through the heart of Vermont.

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Flooding damage aid on way

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



VERMONT — Addison County residents whose homes or businesses have been damaged by recent severe storms and flooding should be aware that many federal and local programs are now in place to help aid the recovery process.

Whether you are an individual whose property has sustained damage that impedes your ability to get to work, or a company that has seen a downturn in business due to flood-related damages, you may be eligible for aid from the state — but you won’t know if you don’t apply.

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Vermont vintners promote northern wines with passport

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — Those who visit a Vermont winery before the end of the year may well find themselves compelled to visit a couple — or 20 — more.

That’s because the Vermont Grape and Wine Council two weeks ago launched its own version of the wildly popular Vermont brewery passport program. The passport promotion plots out 21 wineries and tasting rooms throughout the state, and participants who collect stickers from at least 10 will be entered in a January prize drawing.

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Ski areas helping local farms with donations

Posted on June 27, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



JAY — What do skiing and dairy farming have in common?

Not much, it might seem, but two New England organizations would beg to differ. On June 5, Ski Vermont presented its first donation of $8,495 to Keep Local Farms, a Massachusetts organization.

“The skiing and farming economies run deep throughout our local communities,” said Ski Vermont president Parker Riehle. “Working together is vital to ensure the future success of these two iconic Vermont industries.”

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Redistricting proposal would alter local House districts

Posted on June 20, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) has drafted a controversial new map that re-draws several Addison County House districts and even splits one local town — Monkton.

The new map, which will set the boundaries for House districts that will be contested in the 2012 election, must be endorsed by the Legislature before it becomes law.

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Rep. Welch calls for repeal of subsidies to ethanol industry

Posted on June 13, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LAKE BOMOSEEN — Barb Woodard has seen firsthand the effects of ethanol on boat engines and it goes right to her bottom line.

“I think it’s a strong issue that needs to be addressed,” the co-owner of Woodard’s Marina said during a press conference hosted by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., at the marina’s fuel dock last Thursday morning. “I would like to see a supply of non-ethanol fuel for recreational use.”

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Land use organizations unite to increase impact

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



VERMONT — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and Smart Growth Vermont (SGV) announced on Tuesday that they will be merging, in an effort to more efficiently and effectively promote land use and community development policies that best serve the state’s ecological, economic and social needs.

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