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Invasive fly species threatens berry crop

Posted on June 10, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Berry growers across New England are on high alert for a new invasive insect species this year.

“We’ve been hearing all about it for the last few years,” said Jon Satz, whose Wood’s Market Garden in Brandon sells berries, along with many other vegetables, herbs and flowers.

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Bills put spotlight on migrant farm labor

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Immigration reform has taken center stage nationally in recent weeks, at the same time that Vermont legislators have moved forward on a bill that would grant driving permits to the state’s 1,500-to-2,000 undocumented migrant workers.

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Vermont driving bill tied to national immigration issue

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Advocates for Vermont’s migrant laborers know that a driver’s license bill, such as the one being considered by the Vermont Legislature, is a short-term solution to what is ultimately a federal problem. Few would dispute that the dairy industries in states like Vermont have been saved by migrant labor, but the federal government does not offer a visa program to supply labor-strapped dairy farms with legal, documented foreign workers, like the H-2A visa does for seasonal agricultural work.

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Canal barge to ship Vt. food products to NYC

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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FERRISBURGH — “Where does our food come from?” is a question to which shoppers concerned about eating local have given careful consideration in recent years.

Ferrisburgh farmer and baker Erik Andrus has a slightly different take on it: “How does our food get to us?”

Long ago waterways, not roads, were the backbone of the Northeast’s regional food system. After decades of reliance on roads and automobiles to get foods to market, Andrus is taking a journey back in time.

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Rep. Stevens surveys farming in Cuba

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Organic vegetable farmer and independent state Rep. Will Stevens of Shoreham has always sought to widen his horizons when it comes to agriculture.

He did that in a big way this past month during a 10-day trip to Cuba, where he got a first-hand glimpse of how farming is conducted on an island nation with scant resources and without a profit motive.

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Two local farmer-lawmakers see different sides on GMO bill

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — A proposed law that would require manufacturers to label Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, was a key discussion point at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes.

The bill, known as H.112, passed the House Agriculture Committee by an 8-3 vote last Friday.

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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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Whiskey distiller's proposal watched for its impact on farms and Act 250

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — WhistlePig owner and founder Raj Bhatka had hoped this year to begin harvesting rye grown on his 500-acre farm off Shoreham’s Quiet Valley Road, a crop he wants to distill and store in oak barrels to age for up to 10 years to mature into high-end whiskey.

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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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National dairy trends taking toll on local farmers

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — With grain prices sky-high and milk prices dropping, a few family-owned Addison County dairy farms are closing their doors this fall.

Paul Audy of New Haven and John Roberts of Cornwall, both in their early sixties, cited a confluence of forces that prompted each of them to get out of the business they had been in for decades: the increasing financial challenges of running a medium-sized herd, the tumultuous market exacerbated by the dairy pricing regulations and the toll of working long hours for years on end.

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