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USDA, state programs benefit local farms

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Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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BILL SUHR, CO-OWNER of Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, gives a tour of his orchard and facilities during a recent Addison County farm tour sponsored by the USDA and the State Agency of Agriculture last week. Independent photo/Zach Despart

SHOREHAM — As anyone in Addison County knows, farming isn’t easy, especially for farmers who are new to the business. But a litany of USDA programs can help farmers get on their feet. In total, the Rural Development division of the USDA pumps $5 million-$10 million annually into Addison County, investing in farms, businesses and communities, according to Ted Brady, state director of the Vermont and New Hampshire Rural Development program of the USDA.

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