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Vermont farmers unhappy with dairy insurance

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — For Weybridge dairy farmer Nate Miller, a federal program that provides insurance against wide swings in milk and feed prices hasn’t made much of a difference to his farming operation — other than the money he’s laid out annually for premiums and administrative fees.

Miller’s operation is on the smaller end of the scale in Addison County, with a total of 54 cows and milking around 30. But the story is the same for Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury, which milks around 432 cows and has a total herd of over 500.

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Video shares Milk Matters findings

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Vermont Dairy Promotion Council and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets have partnered to launch a new website and video highlighting the economic impact of the state’s dairy industry.

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Local youths shine at regional dairy contest

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Several Addison County 4-H’ers placed in dairy competitions and the regional dairy show at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., recently.

DAIRY COMPETITIONS

In the general dairy knowledge contest, held Sept. 17, Sharon Palmer of Weybridge came in seventh in the senior division. All dairy exhibitors were required to take part in this contest.

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Stowe farm named Vermont's top dairy farm of the year

Posted on July 20, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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STOWE — Keewaydin Farm in Stowe has been named the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding dairy operation by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA) in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program. This year’s winners, Les and Claire Pike, operate a 141-head registered Jersey farm with their children, Dan and Suzi Pike. The farm has been in the family since 1921.

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Vermont cows give 2 billion pounds of milk

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By Addison Indedendent



CONCORD, N.H. — New England dairy farmers brought in more money for the milk they sold in 2014, according to a report released by the USDA this month. Vermont farmers’ cash receipts grew slightly faster than the regional average.

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Declining milk prices worry farmers

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in Addison County and across Vermont are weathering a significant decrease in the wholesale price of bulk milk, a trend that shows no sign of reversing.

And what a difference a year can make. The price per hundredweight of milk peaked last year in New England at more than $25, an all-time record. This month farmers expect to be paid about $16 per hundredweight, or cwt, a unit of measure that equals about 11 gallons.

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Vermont withdraws from Dairies of Distinction program

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont for many years has promoted the healthy image of its dairy farms by participating in the regional Dairies of Distinction Program. Agency of Agriculture, Food and Marketing officials have said that attractive dairies give the consumer greater confidence in the wholesomeness of milk, stimulate milk sales, and encourage public support for the dairy industry.

But early this year state Agency of Agriculture sent out letters to dairy farmers saying that it was withdrawing from the program.

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Two-thirds of Vermont farmers join dairy insurance program

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The USDA on Monday announced that 582 Vermont dairy farms — 67 percent of Vermont’s registered dairy farms — had enrolled in a new financial safety net called the Margin Protection Program (MPP). Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the voluntary program offers financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and national average feed costs — falls below the coverage levels selected by individual farmers.

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Federal dairy price protection program deadline looms

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross is encouraging all Vermont dairy farmers to enroll in the Margin Protection Dairy Insurance Program, or MPP. Last week the USDA extended the application deadline to Dec. 19 (the deadline had been Dec. 5).

“Dairy farming in Vermont has many risks. The Margin Protection Program is a means to manage the risk of dropping milk prices and rising feed costs,” Ross said in a press release.

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Views from the Vet: Dairy farmers are good stewards

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



Last week when I wrote this column was Agricultural Literacy Week in Vermont — a great opportunity to learn about new methods as our farms continue to grow and modernize. This week is also the week of Thanksgiving. The holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for the many gifts we’ve been given. In our homes, our churches and our communities we also take time to think about stewardship — how we care for those gifts. Here in Vermont we have no greater gift than our beautiful environment.

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