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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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Citizens United and gerrymandering linked to D.C. gridlock

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — At a Thursday forum where Rep. Peter Welch listened to the farmers’ concerns, the Vermont Democrat also provided some insights into how the fiercely partisan environment in Washington, D.C., is making it hard to legislate sensibly.

Among factors contributing to the “can-don’t” atmosphere in Washington are the huge influx in outside funds made possible by the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” campaign contributions decision, Welch said.

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Welch urges FDA to stop illegal branding of 'fake milk'

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON — Continuing his advocacy to protect Vermont’s dairy farmers as well as the consumers’ right to know, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by Mike Simpson (R-ID) and 23 other members of Congress, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its legal authority to investigate and take action against the manufacturers of products they falsely claim to be milk.

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Welch visits with local dairy, spirits makers

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Peter Welch this past Friday convened a meeting of Vermont’s distillery industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing this growing sector of Vermont’s economy. The Democratic Congressman also visited the Agri-Mark cheese-making plant while in Middlebury.

At the meeting of the distillers at Stonecutter Spirits headquarters off Exchange Street in Middlebury, Welch announced his support for bipartisan legislation to provide tax incentives for Vermont’s distilleries.

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Rep. Peter Welch talks Ebola, ISIS, dysfunction in Congress

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Peter Welch is running in more ways than one. The four-term Democrat took some time out before a jog in the Middlebury area last week to discuss some foreign and domestic issues during his run for another two years as Vermont’s lone representative in the U.S. House.

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Addison Central School recognized for energy efficiency

Posted on November 25, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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RICHMOND — State and federal officials joined with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Superintendents Association earlier this month to confer Energy Star recognition on 11 schools, including Addison Central School. The sought-after designation indicates that the schools are in the top 25 percent nationally for energy efficiency, and that they meet stringent standards for health, ventilation, comfort and lighting quality.

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