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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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Ice House becomes first Vermont goat dairy to get AWA Grassfed Certified

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



GOSHEN — Ice House Farm in Goshen is the first Vermont goat dairy to win the Certified Grassfed accreditation from A Greener World, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainability. The farm was also awarded AGW’s Animal Welfare Approved certification for both its goats and its pasture-raised flock of chickens, which includes Welsummers, Marans, Speckled Sussex, Araucanas and other assorted breeds.

The Grassfed certification means that animals are:

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Love of goats sparks creation of Goshen micro dairy

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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GOSHEN — On a gorgeous day in May, Goshen farmers Chad and Morgan Beckwith are taking their goats on a walk. The small herd follows along through the woods like a happy pack of large shaggy dogs, browsing on everything in sight. Partway through the walk, Morgan hears an urgent bleating that can only mean one thing. Calliope — a one-year-old French-Alpine “show goat” from New Hampshire and the newest addition to Ice House Farm — is about to kid for the first time.

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Labor tops dairy concerns: Local farmers tell Rep. Welch their frustrations with federal policy

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Congressman Peter Welch arrived in Middlebury last Thursday ready to hear county dairy farmers’ ideas for improving the next farm bill — in particular ways to fix the current farm bill’s underperforming program to help the dairy farmers survive plunging milk prices.

But the price of milk and the Margin Protection Program’s failure to help Vermont’s dairies wasn’t at the top of anyone’s talking points.

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Gov. Phil Scott vows to protect foreign farm workers

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — U.S. immigration policy took the spotlight unexpectedly during a meeting of farmers last Thursday when Gov. Phil Scott made it clear that he would do whatever he could to protect Mexican farm laborers who may be under threat from President Trump.

Scott started his comments at the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition annual meeting at the American Legion hall in Vergennes by addressing the executive orders issued earlier in the week in Washington.

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