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farm bill http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1118/all en Two-thirds of Vermont farmers join dairy insurance program http://addisonindependent.com/201501two-thirds-vermont-farmers-join-dairy-insurance-program <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; The USDA on Monday announced that 582 Vermont dairy farms &mdash; 67 percent of Vermont&rsquo;s registered dairy farms &mdash; 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 &mdash; the difference between the price of milk and national average feed costs &mdash; falls below the coverage levels selected by individual farmers.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27981">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501two-thirds-vermont-farmers-join-dairy-insurance-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County dairy farm bill insurance milk USDA Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:29:27 +0000 Zach Despart 27981 at http://addisonindependent.com Federal dairy price protection program deadline looms http://addisonindependent.com/201412federal-dairy-price-protection-program-deadline-looms <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; 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).</p> <p> &ldquo;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,&rdquo; Ross said in a press release.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27303">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412federal-dairy-price-protection-program-deadline-looms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County dairy farm bill insurance USDA Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:33:27 +0000 Zach Despart 27303 at http://addisonindependent.com Feds detail new dairy insurance program http://addisonindependent.com/201410feds-detail-new-dairy-insurance-program <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> Montpelier, VT&mdash; This morning at Fairmont Farms in East Montpelier, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch encouraged Vermont&rsquo;s dairy farmers to enroll in the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) and announced a series of workshops for interested participants.</p> <p> MPP is a voluntary insurance program included in the new Farm Bill that protects dairy farmers from market fluctuations in milk prices.&nbsp; The program replaces the expired Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26333">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410feds-detail-new-dairy-insurance-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County dairy farm bill insurance Leahy milk Welch Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:26:55 +0000 Addison Independent 26333 at http://addisonindependent.com Sen. Leahy remains a workhorse after four decades in D.C. http://addisonindependent.com/201402sen-leahy-remains-workhorse-after-four-decades <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-21529" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201402sen-leahy-remains-workhorse-after-four-decades"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Leahy2568_0.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Leahy2568.jpg" title="Leahy2568.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SEN. PATRICK LEAHY stands on the balcony of one of his offices in the Capitol. Nicknamed &quot;The Hideaway,&quot; the office is traditionally reserved for the Senate President Pro Tem. Leahy ascended to the post when Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, died in 2012. Independent photo/Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <blockquote><p> <em style="font-size: 11.199999809265137px; text-align: right;">Editor&rsquo;s note: Democrat Patrick Leahy, now 73, was the state&rsquo;s attorney for Chittenden County when he was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in 1974. Now the longest-serving active senator, he has the perspective, the connections and the power to accomplish a lot for his state and his country. Our reporter spent a day with Sen. Leahy last week, watching the veteran politician hard at work in the nation&rsquo;s capital.</em></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21530">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402sen-leahy-remains-workhorse-after-four-decades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Coons farm bill Featured Leahy senate Vermont Washington Whitehouse Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:12:47 +0000 Zach Despart 21530 at http://addisonindependent.com U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill, Obama ready to sign it http://addisonindependent.com/201402us-senate-passes-farm-bill-obama-ready-sign-it <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; The Senate on Tuesday passed a farm bill that emerged from a conference committee two weeks ago, ending more than two years of gridlock over the omnibus piece of legislation.</span></p> <p> Both of Vermont&rsquo;s senators voted for the bill.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21491">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402us-senate-passes-farm-bill-obama-ready-sign-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont farm bill Leahy Obama Sanders senate Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:14:58 +0000 Zach Despart 21491 at http://addisonindependent.com New session, same old story on farm bill http://addisonindependent.com/201401new-session-same-old-story-farm-bill <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; After reconvening for the new session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have found themselves again gridlocked over a new federal farm bill.</span></p> <p> When Congress got back to business Jan. 6, some members expressed a belief that a new bill could be sent to President Obama before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day break. But those hopes were dashed as a new bill will not make it out of the 41-member conference committee to the floors of the House and Senate before members head home at the end of this week.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21111">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201401new-session-same-old-story-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Congress farm bill Leahy USDA Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:29:56 +0000 Zach Despart 21111 at http://addisonindependent.com Sen. Leahy sees hope for a new Farm Bill http://addisonindependent.com/201312sen-leahy-sees-hope-new-farm-bill <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-20700" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201312sen-leahy-sees-hope-new-farm-bill"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Leahy,Farm bill_1.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Leahy,Farm bill.JPG" title="Leahy,Farm bill.JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SEN. PATRICK LEAHY expressed hope for a compromise Farm Bill to pass through Congress before milk prices spike. Messenger photo by Michelle Monroe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Michelle Monroe </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">ST. ALBANS &mdash; At a stop at a dairy cooperative in St. Albans earlier this month, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he believes a Congressional conference committee is close to a compromise on a new Farm Bill, despite the wide gulf between the House and Senate versions.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;There have been a lot of quiet meetings,&rdquo; said Leahy. &ldquo;In those meetings there is a different feeling than we had a year ago.&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20701">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201312sen-leahy-sees-hope-new-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont agriculture farm bill Featured Leahy Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:29:57 +0000 Zach Despart 20701 at http://addisonindependent.com New farm bill has glimmer of hope http://addisonindependent.com/201311new-farm-bill-has-glimmer-hope <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; A cohort of legislators met in the capitol Wednesday in an attempt to find common ground on a new farm bill. But they made no real progress toward resolving differences between the U.S. Senate and House over legislation that covers a range of programs that affect dairy farmers, those who get food assistance and other Vermonters.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19886">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201311new-farm-bill-has-glimmer-hope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Congress farm bill Featured Leahy Sanders USDA Welch Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:39:59 +0000 Zach Despart 19886 at http://addisonindependent.com Dairies endangered as farm bill expires http://addisonindependent.com/201309dairies-endangered-farm-bill-expires <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-19220" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201309dairies-endangered-farm-bill-expires"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/cows3225_0.thumbnail.jpg" alt="cows3225.jpg" title="cows3225.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; The anticipated expiration of the U.S. farm bill on Tuesday could increase uncertainty for one of Addison County&rsquo;s major business sectors, as well as cast the future of food security programs used by local residents in doubt.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;Dairy farmers will be left without a safety net,&rdquo; Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont&rsquo;s lone congressman, said on Friday.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19208">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201309dairies-endangered-farm-bill-expires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Congress dairy farm bill Featured Welch Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:31:07 +0000 Zach Despart 19208 at http://addisonindependent.com Rep. Welch calls House Farm Bill a 'stunt' http://addisonindependent.com/201307rep-welch-calls-house-farm-bill-stunt <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> By MICHELLE MONROE St. Albans Messenger </div> </div> </div> <p> ST. ALBANS &mdash; The House of Representatives passed a stripped down Farm Bill last Thursday night without dairy programs and food stamps. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., called it &ldquo;a political stunt.&rdquo;</p> <p> The bill passed 216-208, without a single Democrat supporting it.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is less a Farm Bill than a leadership designed train wreck,&rdquo; said Welch. &ldquo;This has got all the earmarks of a political fix.&rdquo;</p> <p> The bill was debated under rules prohibiting legislators from offering amendments.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17990">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307rep-welch-calls-house-farm-bill-stunt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont farm bill Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:03:53 +0000 Devon Vila 17990 at http://addisonindependent.com Dairy cliff averted, farm bill back to square one http://addisonindependent.com/201301dairy-cliff-averted-farm-bill-back-square-one <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Xian Chiang-Waren </div> </div> </div> <p> VERMONT &mdash; 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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14834">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301dairy-cliff-averted-farm-bill-back-square-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County agriculture dairy farm bill Featured Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:12:56 +0000 Addison Independent 14834 at http://addisonindependent.com Dairy farmers lose federal safety net http://addisonindependent.com/201210dairy-farmers-lose-federal-safety-net <p> ST. ALBANS &mdash; When the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Sept. 28 without passing a new Farm Bill, it not only left dairy farmers without a safety net, it raised the specter of chaos in agricultural markets.</p> <p> In effect, Congress&rsquo;s failure to act could trigger a so-called permanent law that, it is estimated, could raise the parity price of milk to the $40 per hundredweight (cwt.) range.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13552">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210dairy-farmers-lose-federal-safety-net" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County dairy farms farm bill Featured food and ag Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:18:39 +0000 13552 at http://addisonindependent.com Critical farm bill stalled in house http://addisonindependent.com/201208critical-farm-bill-stalled-house <p> WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; The 2012 federal farm bill, which determines five years of agriculture and nutrition policy, could be postponed for another year, according to U.S. House of Representatives majority leaders.</p> <p> That prospect left Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., concerned by the prospect of a one-year extension of current agricultural policies and its potential effects on Vermont farmers.</p> <p> &ldquo;This would be very harmful to Vermont dairy farmers and others around the county,&rdquo; said Welch on Tuesday.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12712">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208critical-farm-bill-stalled-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont farm bill Featured politics US Congress Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:28:50 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 12712 at http://addisonindependent.com Dairy farmers urge reform in farm bill http://addisonindependent.com/201207dairy-farmers-urge-reform-farm-bill <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; If market reform measures do not pass in this year&rsquo;s federal farm bill, Vermont dairy farms will have a hard time staying in business, local dairy farmers told Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., last Thursday morning.</p> <p> Without dairy reform, said Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, &ldquo;I just don&rsquo;t understand how our little farms will survive this fall. The farms that were on the brink three months ago, I don&rsquo;t know how they can look to the future.&rdquo;</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12437">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207dairy-farmers-urge-reform-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury agriculture dairy farm bill Featured Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:46:07 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 12437 at http://addisonindependent.com Farm bill negotiations put food aid on the line http://addisonindependent.com/201207farm-bill-negotiations-put-food-aid-line <p> WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; The U.S. Senate approval of the 2012 farm bill last week has Vermont nutrition officials and advocates alike worried about funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.</p> <p> &ldquo;The need for food (assistance) is at an all-time high,&rdquo; said Jeanne Montross, executive director of Helping Overcome Poverty&rsquo;s Effects in Middlebury. &ldquo;Losses to the SNAP program are going to mean more people going hungry, and it&rsquo;s going to lay an even higher burden on our food shelves.&rdquo;</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12357">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207farm-bill-negotiations-put-food-aid-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont agriculture farm bill Featured hunger legislature Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:50:55 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 12357 at http://addisonindependent.com