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New hemp rules could further shrink industry


AFTER AN EXPLOSION of grower registrations last year, Vermont’s hemp industry has gotten off to a rocky start in 2020. Agency of Agriculture officials are hoping that new Hemp Rules will provide much-needed clarity for growers and processors, but some industry stakeholders worry that proposed federal guidelines, which impose greater restrictions, could spell doom for industrial hemp in the Northeast. Photo courtesy of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture

VERMONT — After the great promise hemp held out for Vermont farmers last year was dashed by poor planting weather, questionable plant genetics, limited drying and processing capacity, and the occas

Recounting a lifetime of daily discrimination


VERGENNES RESIDENT Rose Archer spoke Saturday to a gathering of 150 people on the city green about overcoming racism. Then she sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing” to the appreciative crowd. Archer and fellow Vergennes resident Alicia Grangent shared examples of daily challenges they face as Black Americans. Waltham resident Liz Ryan organized the event. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy

VERGENNES — Vergennes resident Alicia Grangent gets a pat-down search from TSA guards at the Burlington International Airport every time she travels.

VUHS course helps students build a guitar, write a novel


VUHS SENIOR REBECCA Kachmar, an Addison resident, has published her first novel, a work of fantasy called “A Queen’s Vow,” that is available through amazon.com. Kachmar credits the VUHS Project Workshop course with helping her finish the book and get through the publishing process.

VERGENNES — High school seniors are just now earning their diplomas, most of them having completed required course loads.

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