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Dry weather lets farmers get in fields

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — The warm, dry weather this spring is unusual, but to some farmers it’s come as a welcome change from last year.

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, precipitation totals at the Burlington weather station are running about 3.3 inches below average, at just over 7 inches since Jan. 1. Vermont also saw record high temperatures in March. With little precipitation and very little snowmelt, the fields and forests are unusually dry.

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Maple legislation seeks to expand markets

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Rising maple syrup production in Vermont is sending more sugarmakers across state lines seeking new buyers for their product.

Now, sugarmakers also are looking to Montpelier as legislators debate a bill that the Vermont Maple Sugarmaker’s Association says would make Vermont syrup more marketable on national and international markets. The bill, which passed the Senate and is now in the House Agriculture Committee, would change syrup labeling laws and establish a food safety certification program for sugarmakers.

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Migrant driver's license bill advances in house

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Lawmakers on Wednesday seemed poised to move the discussion of rights for migrant workers in Vermont one step forward.

The bill under scrutiny in the Vermont House was Senate Bill 238, which examines the possibility of allowing undocumented workers to obtain driver’s licenses and non-driver identification. If passed, a study committee would examine the ways that a program could work over the summer and report back to the Legislature when it reconvenes in January 2013.

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Milk prices spur calls for reform

Posted on April 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — After two years of relatively strong milk prices, the United States Department of Agriculture last week announced that falling dairy prices and the high cost of feed has triggered support payments to dairy farmers.

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Locals eye future of county farm-to-school efforts

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERGENNES — On Tuesday evening, voices in farm-to-school efforts across the county joined together to create a “stone soup” of ideas for bringing local foods into the cafeteria and the classroom.

The event was the third and final Stone Soup Conference, this oneat Vergennes Union High School, put on by the Addison County Relocalization Network.

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Birch syrup helps to fill the maple void

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — It was one of very few “Maple Open House” signs seen over the annual March weekend during which Vermont sugarhouses invite in the general public, but the Sweet Success Sugar Shack is looking in a new direction.

A sudden warm-up in temperatures in late March brought a quick and then painful end to the annual maple sap run this year, leaving area sugarmakers with below-average sap supplies.

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Forum focus: farms, clean water

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Bronwyn Oatley



MIDDLEBURY — One hundred thirty environmentalists, farmers, businesspeople and policymakers gathered at Middlebury College Monday to explore how Vermont can keep its waters clean while building its agricultural sector.

The Vermont Environmental Consortium’s “Charting a Path to Successful Vermont Farms and Clean Water in Vermont” symposium was the first of its kind hosted by the organization, which was  established in 2000 with the goal of making Vermont a leader in the green economy.

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Legislators, citizens debate farm issues

Posted on March 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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BRIDPORT — At a lunch meeting in Bridport last Monday, local legislators participated in a lively conversation with constituents on agricultural issues.

Three legislators — Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham; Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven; and Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport — discussed the Working Lands bill, migrant farmworkers, genetically modified crops and a variety of other agricultural topics. The meeting was sponsored by the Bridport Grange and the Addison County Farm Bureau.

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County sugarmakers gear up for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

Posted on March 23, 2012 |
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VERMONT — The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont this Saturday and Sunday. The weekend is a celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for people of all ages to visit one or more sugarhouses throughout the state to learn about maple sugaring in Vermont.

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Slaughterhouse proposed for Middlebury

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The owners of Ferrisburgh-based Vermont Livestock (VL) are seeking permission to expand their operation with a new, 11,442-square-foot slaughterhouse and meat-processing facility in Middlebury’s industrial park.

If endorsed by local, state and federal authorities, the new facility could be under construction by May and might be ready to handle animals by this October, according to Carl Cushing, owner/operator of VL.

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