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Local poultry producers on guard after bird flu outbreak in Midwest

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Lizzy Weiss



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ADDISON COUNTY — The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Midwestern United States could have severe consequences for Vermont’s poultry producers. Although HPAI is not directly affecting Vermont at this time, the disease may begin to affect New England as early as fall of 2015, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

This is of particular interest in Addison County, home to two of the largest poultry producers and one of the largest egg producers in the state, not to mention numerous backyard flocks.

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Addison farm wins a conservation grant

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) last week announced grants totaling $3,083,910 to protect 2,127 acres of agricultural land on 14 farms and a sugarbush and to conserve 641 acres of wooded and open land on three properties with recreational trails in the towns of Williston, Lyndon and West Windsor.

The grants were made to the Vermont Land Trust, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, Kingdom Trails and The Trust for Public Lands. The funding commitments were made at the Board’s May meeting.

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Winter manure spreading ban over, some restrictions still apply

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Farmers debate their role in Lake Champlain cleanup

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRIDPORT — A bill before the Legislature that aims to clean up Lake Champlain was the hot topic of a Monday legislative luncheon that focused on agricultural issues.

Two members of the House of Representatives, Democrat David Sharpe of Bristol and Republican Harvey Smith of New Haven, were on hand at the Bridport Community Hall to hear residents’ concerns about the bill and other farming topics.

The bill, H.35, would limit municipal, commercial and agricultural sources of pollution into the Lake Champlain watershed.

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Farmers to Shumlin: Lay off Current Use

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Gov. Peter Shumlin has made cleaning up Lake Champlain a top priority. To do that, he proposed in his Jan. 8 inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program to penalize farmers who pollute waterways.

The Agency of Agriculture said denying Current Use tax breaks to offenders would add another enforcement tool to the state, which is cracking down on pollution into its waterways.

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Opinion: Farmers disproportionately blamed for lake pollution

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Edward Bessette



After reading Monday’s article about Gov. Shumlin’s agenda for the next two year, I have concerns. Most of the article describes Shumlin’s plan to clean up the lake and prevent future runoff and pollution.

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Views from the Vet: Dairy farmers are good stewards

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



Last week when I wrote this column was Agricultural Literacy Week in Vermont — a great opportunity to learn about new methods as our farms continue to grow and modernize. This week is also the week of Thanksgiving. The holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for the many gifts we’ve been given. In our homes, our churches and our communities we also take time to think about stewardship — how we care for those gifts. Here in Vermont we have no greater gift than our beautiful environment.

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Dairies of Distinction: Farms put the best face on Vt. dairy

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture recognized 140 dairy farms as “Dairies of Distinction” at the annual luncheon hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex this past Thursday. Twenty-seven of those farms, or about one-fifth of the total, are in Addison County.

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Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger

Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.

There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.

And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.

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Stone Soup Summit connects farms and schools

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Addison County



MIDDLEBURY — An event this week will help draw closer connections between local farms and the school children they feed.

On March 27, the central Champlain Valley’s school community will come together for a day of inspiration, celebration and networking at the fifth annual Stone Soup Summit. Students, teachers, parents, administrators, farmers, food service managers, nurses and community volunteers will share stories of challenge and triumph and work in diverse groups to address the issues facing farm-to-school programs and school nutrition in our region.

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