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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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Sugaring season drawing to a close

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — After a banner maple syrup spring in 2011, county sugarmakers this week were facing an early end to this year’s season.

Tim Hescock of Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham said this year he tapped his 2,200 trees earlier than usual and began boiling 19 days early. As of last Friday his season was over.

On Tuesday, Hescock said the prolonged high temperatures this week likely would end any chance of more sap flowing in Addison County maples.

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Students join forces in sweet enterprise

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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WEYBRIDGE — Students at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury have been hard at work on a new maple sugaring operation for the past year, and this spring it finally began to show results.

With a design by the architecture class, and building by the construction class, a sugarhouse has grown up just below the school’s 330-tree sugarbush in Weybridge since September 2010. This winter, the Forestry and Natural Resources class spent hours installing taps, setting up state-of-the-art equipment and boiling sap.

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Winter manure spreading ban lifted

Posted on March 21, 2012 |
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MONTPELIER — As a result of unusually warm and dry weather, lack of snow and projected weather forecast over the next few weeks the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets in agreement with the Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, is lifting the winter spreading ban that normally is in place until April 1st

According to Secretary Chuck Ross, “I am lifting the ban because I believe it will help farmers best manage their manure resources and is in the best interests of Vermont’s waterways.”

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Proposed banning of tail docking debated

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While lawmakers and visitors at the Feb. 20 Legislative Breakfast at Middlebury’s American Legion Hall principally talked about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, other discussion at the breakfast focused on:

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Local program to boost number of meat cutters

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of educators, businesspeople and economic development officials is working with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center to establish a training program aimed at filling the dwindling ranks in Vermont’s meat cutting industry.

The two-year program, which the career center will offer in collaboration with Vermont Technical College (VTC), could be offered as soon as this fall to adults (18 and over) who would be able to earn state certification for careers as meat cutters.

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Middlebury College team invents hydrogen tractor

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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MIDDLEBURY — French inventor François Isaac de Rivaz created one of the first internal combustion engines at the beginning of the 19th century. It ran on hydrogen gas. Around that same time, a nascent Middlebury College hired its first mathematics professor, expanding its offerings into the sciences. Now, more than 200 years after the onset of these seemingly unrelated events, their historic ripples have collided.

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Migrant farm workers tell their stories with art at Folklife Center

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — For “A.B.,” the artist behind one of the dioramas on display at the Vermont Folklife Center, the family with blank faces near the back of the box represents her own experience as an undocumented migrant worker in Vermont.

“The majority of people here don’t see us. You see our work, but not our faces,” she said, gesturing to the cow barns made of brightly colored paper and the backdrop of cows in a field within the diorama.

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Bill bolsters ag, forest and food processing

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation that aims to bolster Vermont’s economy while retaining the hallmarks of its rural landscape.

The main focus in both the House and Senate agriculture committees so far this session has been the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, which seeks to bolster the agriculture, forestry and value-added food processing business sectors in the state.

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Lawmakers tackle slaughterhouse, current use issues

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — While legislators focus their efforts on the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, they are also addressing other aspects of Vermont’s agricultural economy.

Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, and Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, both said they will be paying close attention to the discussion of slaughter issues this legislative session, both in the context of the Working Lands bill and on a larger scale.

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