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Grocery service builds the Vermont brand

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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BRISTOL — For hundreds of years, Vermont has been a name known regionally, nationally and even internationally for its food products — butter, cheese, milk, maple syrup and apples. But out-of-state residents couldn’t get their groceries directly from Vermont.

Now that’s changing with the help of businesses like Bristol’s Graze, which delivers farm-fresh food from Vermont to homes in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Could switchgrass offer a CO2 solution?

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — When the American settlers first crossed the Great Plains, they encountered native species of prairie grass like switchgrass and big blue stem.

Now those same grasses — seeded deep in the American perception of a rural aesthetic — are being sown in Addison County fields in an effort to make them an affordable and viable source of local energy.

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Ferrisburgh farm runoff raises stink

Posted on July 18, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — It’s been seven years since Garry Clark says manure first ran through the pond at his Ferrisburgh home, and after the most recent incident, he said that he’s had enough.

It’s not just that the manure fouls his property, he said he’s worried about of the health of nearby Lake Champlain.

State officials, who are looking into Clark's case, said farm runoff is an issue they constantly encounter in an agricultural state and county.

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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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Local farms prepped for emergencies

Posted on July 4, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — In the past 10 years, national security threats have come to be almost synonymous with terrorism.

But the security threats that top the list of Julie Smith of the University of Vermont Extension are of a different nature: They include foot and mouth disease, dangerous weather in livestock production centers, and anything that could disrupt U.S. agricultural systems.

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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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Robotic milkers shake up dairy farm routines

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ORWELL — In a barn at the Hall and Breen Farm on Monday morning, two lines of cows jostled for position, eager to enter the single-cow berths where they’d be rewarded with troughs of grain.

On the other side of the berths, Louis Hall and two maintenance workers watched as the robotic arms grasped each cow’s udders, milked, then released. As a cow left the stall, she pushed aside a bar that allowed the next cow to enter.

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Local schools team up to raise chickens

Posted on June 20, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



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MIDDLEBURY — For those who think that chickens are only good for meat and eggs, take note: the flock being raised on the north campus of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center has spent several months as teachers, as well.

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Wet spring plagues farmers

Posted on June 6, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — For farmers across the state, the wettest spring on record is causing setbacks and difficulties. And while the past week brought some drier weather, the heavy clay soils in Addison County continue to do what they do best: hold water.

“Addison County is having one of the hardest times in the state,” said Heather Darby of the University of Vermont Extension.

Loren Wood of Woodnotch Farm in Shoreham said the window for planting corn is closing quickly.

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