MOUNT INDEPENDENCE 4-H Club members Mackenna White, left, and Ben “Boo Boo” Boutin hand out free gallons of milk in the Bourdeau Brothers parking lot on Friday. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — An effort to give away a couple thousand gallons of milk last Friday was deemed a success. At the same time that the COVID-19 outbreak has made it difficult for some families to get milk, some farmers are dumping milk that they can’t get into the supply chain. To remedy that imbalance, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance along with Dairy Farmers of America, Bourdeau Brothers and Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire this past Friday, May 8, hosted two separate milk giveaways one in Middlebury and on in St. Albans. From noon to 3 p.m. people stopped by volunteers distributed milk to...

DAIRY FARMERS AROUND the state have been flooding the Agency of Agriculture with photos like this one, asking why grocery stores are placing limits on milk purchases while at the same time farmers are dumping excess milk.
WEYBRIDGE — Even as some grocery stores continue to limit the amount of milk that customers are allowed to purchase, Vermont’s dairy farmers have dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk before processing, according to data collected by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) as of March 31. “It’s tragic that this is happening,” said Diane Bothfeld, director of Administrative Services and Dairy Policy for VAAFM. “We’re aware of it and we’re working with the Vermont Retail Grocers Association to reach out to their members to take (purchase-limit) signs down.” VAAFM...
MIDDLEBURY — Agriculture was an important topic addressed by Gov. Phil Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts when they spent Monday in Addison County for a “Capital for a Day.” In an meeting with the Addison Independent, the two men gave their insights into a mainstay of Vermont’s ag economy — dairy — and an upstart — hemp. Tebbetts did not sugarcoat the challenges that Vermont dairy faces. “We’re at about 700 dairies statewide, now. We probably lost around 10 percent last year. The price of milk is starting to go up a little bit, but when a farm goes out, it has a ripple effect,” he...
I’ve read a couple of letters lately that suggest we don’t need milk. I almost cried! I was born and raised on farms in Rutland County. During WWII, while my three older brothers served in the Marines in the South Pacific, my sister and I were the farm hands. We were in our early teens. I loved it. I especially liked getting the cows before milking. I can still belt out “Come Boss.” And I still love cows. I drink a lot of milk — whole milk. I’ve read that doctors state our bodies need what is removed from whole milk for skim milk. I’m healthy and have good bones. I’ve fallen several times in...

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