VERMONT LAND TRUST is now accepting applications for the Rozendaal Memorial Award. Eric Rozendaal, above, known for his creativity and innovation in farming, died in 2018. Photo/Natalie Stultz
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Land Trust is accepting applications for an award to celebrate and benefit Vermont farmers. The $5,000 Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award will be given to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneurial farming. The deadline for applications is June 30. A creative, innovative and enterprising farmer, Eric Rozendaal was a longtime vendor at the Burlington Farmers’ Market. He also worked to improve the soil on his farm, built community with customers and farm workers, and shared his knowledge with others. After Rozendaal passed away in...
Migrant workers in Addison County: Well, congratulations to ICE for arresting a hard-working undocumented Hispanic getting groceries on a break from a job local people won’t do! Putting it to our local farmers again! I think the real hero is Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, who said years ago he would not bother hard-working undocumented workers and has kept his word. Thank you Chief Hanley for caring about our farmers! Sheri Bessette Smith Vergennes 

BRIAN KEMP, A member of the Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group, said farmers should get paid for the work they do to help the ecosystem, but he doesn’t think taxpayers should be the source of payment. Independent file photo/Emma Cotton
WATERBURY — A group of farmers, agricultural organizations and state and federal regulators last week began developing a plan for paying Vermont farmers to implement conservation projects on their land.  The case for this is simple:  Vermont has 1.2 million acres of agricultural land and must meet ambitious water quality goals set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Water Act. As Vermont dairy farmers face the fifth year of low milk prices — sometimes below the cost of production — some say those farmers should be paid for the conservation work and the environmental...

COWS MEANDER THROUGH a pasture next to Otter Creek on the 410-acre Kayhart-Chalker Farm, home of Kayhart’s Homegrown Meats, in New Haven. Independent photo/Steve James
This is Part III in a three-part series. Alongside pressures like falling milk prices and increasing production costs, farmers are charged with the financial, physical and emotional task of remediating Otter Creek’s water quality. What does this mean for Addison County farmers, and is their burden a fair one? On Route 17 in New Haven, about a dozen miles upstream from where the Otter Creek empties into Lake Champlain, a small farm sits on a hillside. Cows graze in its grassy fields with a backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains. The creek winds past the barn and snakes between its pastures, so...

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