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Updated rules seek to stop pollution runoff from farms

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture late last week updated rules designed to slow or stop farm runoff into Lake Champlain and is seeking feedback from farmers and other members of the public during a series of hearings next month.

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Some are upset that small farms get break in clean water rules

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



ADDISON COUNTY — As the latest revision of proposed farming practice rules loosens requirements on an estimated 1,000 Vermont farms, some in the agriculture community are wondering what happened to the rallying cry “All in!” on Lake Champlain cleanup.

“We went into this water quality understanding that we (farmers) own 40 percent of the problem. And we are in, and we are working,” said Marie Audet of Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm at a recent luncheon with county legislators.

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No-till farming is changing the landscape, protecting the lake

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL — Drive the back roads of Addison County right now, and you’ll see acres and acres of plowed corn fields, giant clods of Addison County clay upturned, waiting for the cold and snow to break them into something more manageable, so that springtime harrowing can convert them into something like a seed bed fit for next year’s corn.

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Farmer finds good crop for county's clay soils — rice

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Boundbrook Farms and Good Companion Bakery owner Erik Andrus didn’t see himself as a commercial rice grower a decade ago when he set up shop on a 110-acre Ferrisburgh farm that lies a mile or so east of Vergennes.

In addition to founding what is now a successful bakery, Andrus was convinced he wanted to establish a new small-farm niche. What he had in mind was wheat for his baking and maybe barley for Vermont’s microbrewers, not rice.

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Editorial: Act 64 is a sea change in policy

Posted on September 16, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



University of Vermont agronomy specialist Jeff Carter, who works out of the Middlebury office, recently gave adequate warning to Addison County farmers that change was coming in light of a recent agreement between the state agriculture department and the Conservation Law Foundation. In that settlement the state agreed to mandate farms whose land drain into Lake Champlain implement best management practices on their land. It’s a substantial change from previous measures and it comes with significant consequences for those who don’t comply.

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Farmer ready to fire air cannon to protect crop, but talks with neighbors set

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Although there is still time for a negotiated solution, the Ferrisburgh farmer who upset his lakefront neighbors a year ago by firing a propane cannon to protect his sweet corn crop said this week he is prepared to use the cannon again as soon as next week.

Wayne Stearns, owner of Crazy Acres Farm on Schoolhouse Road, said if the flock of starlings that lives on his farm starts attacking his corn, he is considering deploying a cannon that in 2014 fired thousands of times a day for about a month.

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Views from the Vet: Get to know what goes on on a farm

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Joe Klopfenstein



Recently a client related a story to me. He was visited by representatives of the state occupational safety and health administration (OSHA). Apparently a passerby noticed material coming out of the barn doors while passing by on the road. The visitor was concerned enough to report the farmer for fumigating the farm with animals and workers inside. What was the mystery cloud? The farmer was applying fresh sawdust to the cows’ beds.

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Nea-Tocht Farm to host 'Breakfast to Farm'

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — Vermont’s first “Breakfast on the Farm” event comes to Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh on Saturday, Aug. 22. This free, public event will include a delicious breakfast, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of farming in Vermont. Although this is a free event, tickets must be reserved in advance through www.vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com.

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AgrAbility keeps injured farmers in business

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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WEST ADDISON — Can a farmer sustain a life-changing injury and keep working in agriculture?

Lee Kayhart, Merton Pike and Kenny Young provide living testimony that the answer is yes.

The three long-time Vermont farmers spoke at the Kayhart Brothers Dairy in West Addison this past Thursday at a Farmer’s Field Day, sponsored by UVM Extension’s AgrAbility Project.

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