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Inaction in Congress hurts local dairy farmers, future milk prices uncertain

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — As a new year dawns across the bleak Vermont landscape, dairy farmers have yet another worry to contend with.

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Dairy farmers hurt by government shutdown and expiration of farm bill

Posted on October 10, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



WEYBRIDGE — The partial shutdown of the federal government and the expiration of the farm bill have put Addison County dairy farmers in a precarious position. Without a price stabilization program or access to crucial information like crop reports and other federal resources, farmers have to make important business decisions based on educated guesses rather than hard data.

But it’s not just the farmers who are suffering. Some of those who support farms and the farm economy are also closed out of jobs or frustrated by government shutdown.

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Locals do well at Eastern States Expo

Posted on October 7, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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BURLINGTON — Vermont 4-H’ers captured several championships and top place awards at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 12-15, beating competitors from the five other New England states.

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Dairies endangered as farm bill expires

Posted on September 30, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — The anticipated expiration of the U.S. farm bill on Tuesday could increase uncertainty for one of Addison County’s major business sectors, as well as cast the future of food security programs used by local residents in doubt.

“Dairy farmers will be left without a safety net,” Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont’s lone congressman, said on Friday.

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New Sheldon Museum exhibit offers a view into the history of dairy

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ask some young whippersnapper where milk comes from, and you might get the wiseacre response, “from a carton.”

Well, a new exhibit at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History aims to set the record straight on all things dairy, covering the past 200 years. On display at the Middlebury museum through Aug. 4, “From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England” features a mesmerizing mélange of milk memorabilia that would make Old McDonald’s jaw drop.

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County dairy farms recognized for their high-quality milk

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont farms produce some of the best dairy product in the country, but several local dairy farms are being recognized for the truly outstanding quality of their milk.

Agri-Mark Cabot recently honored Kettletop Farm in Weybridge and Cher Mi Farm in Orwell as among the top 28 farms in the 1,260-farm cooperative that stretches across New England and to central New York state in its Top Quality Award competition.

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Documentary film reveals struggles of migrant dairy farm workers

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — “Hide,” a new documentary film made by two Middlebury College students, takes viewers behind the scenes of Addison County’s picturesque landscape. It follows eight anonymous migrant workers laboring unseen in unnamed Vermont dairy farms and exposes the struggles of their daily lives, for the first time, to larger audiences.

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Dairy cliff averted, farm bill back to square one

Posted on January 7, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



VERMONT — 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.

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National dairy trends taking toll on local farmers

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — With grain prices sky-high and milk prices dropping, a few family-owned Addison County dairy farms are closing their doors this fall.

Paul Audy of New Haven and John Roberts of Cornwall, both in their early sixties, cited a confluence of forces that prompted each of them to get out of the business they had been in for decades: the increasing financial challenges of running a medium-sized herd, the tumultuous market exacerbated by the dairy pricing regulations and the toll of working long hours for years on end.

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Butterwick Farm hosts visit from Brown Swiss convention

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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CORNWALL — Miles off the main road in Cornwall one morning in early July, a crowd of dairy farmers from around the country examined the Brown Swiss cows at Butterwick Farm.

All were attendees at the Brown Swiss Association National Convention, held at Shelburne Farms from July 4 to 7. John and Lisa Roberts, owners of Butterwick Farm, welcomed the visitors to their farm to get a taste of dairy farming in the Green Mountain State.

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