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Ag tour highlights farm efforts to improve lake water quality

Posted on September 29, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Legislators, policy makers, representatives from state and federal entities and others got on the bus Monday to see what Addison County farmers are doing to improve water quality in Lake Champlain.

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Hops yard grows in Starksboro

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — It’s a golden early fall day. Across from the beaver pond along a stretch of Route 17 where it snakes toward the spine of the Green Mountains stand two acres of trellises, each row as high as a house. Twirling up 18-foot lengths of twine, 2,000 hop plants reach toward the sun, laden with cones (the name for those blossoms that make beer taste so good to some).

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With little water, farmers consider new irrigation plans

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



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SHOREHAM — At 2 p.m. on a recent sunny afternoon, a group of 20 farmers stood around a giant metal reel, which pulled a hulking irrigation gun 1,300 feet toward them as it turned. The gun showered water onto the otherwise dry Elysian Fields, owned by Joe and Kathleen Hescock, which were certified organic in 1998.

The farmers were there to learn about something new for many of them — irrigating pastures where their cows graze.

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Brandon dairy farmers fined for manure pit overflows

Posted on July 12, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — A Rutland Superior Court judge has ordered Brandon dairy farmers William and Robin Hanfield to fix an overflowing manure pit and pay a $24,750 fine for violating Vermont’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

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Ag students recognized for land stewardship

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — Two local students received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust on May 27. The award, now in its 11th year, acknowledges the hard work of tomorrow’s agricultural and forestry leaders with an unrestricted cash prize of $250.

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New raw cheese rule could harm Vermont industry

Posted on February 11, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation that could severely limit production of raw milk cheeses has just been put on hold, but local cheesemakers aren’t out from under the shadow of the rule just yet.

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Lake clean-up deal targets farms; Agency to expand ag rules, practices

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Michelle Monroe and Gaen Murphree



CHAMPLAIN VALLEY — A landmark agreement between Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) puts Addison County farmers on alert that all Vermont farms within the entire Lake Champlain watershed must get on board with the new, more stringent requirements to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain — not just those within the most heavily polluted Missisquoi basin.

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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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Local farms open for visitors in August

Posted on July 20, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, have organized Vermont Open Farm Week to enable members of the public to go straight to the source of their favorite Vermont food. Open Farm Week will take place across the state on Aug. 3-9.

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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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