With vulnerable farmers un- or under-insured to cover their losses from a devastating May freeze, Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts is pleading for federal help. But one USDA official told VTDigger he doesn’t “know the extent to which relief would be granted to the farmers.”
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Wildfire smoke causes haze and air quality advisory
The smoke from Quebec wildfires blew through Vermont on Tuesday, resulting in a reddish sun, hazy air and an alert from the state for at-risk groups.
After two decades searching, biologist finds first ‘bog elfin’ butterfly in Vermont
“I’ve been looking for you for a very long time,” Brian Pfeiffer told his penny-size quarry.
Cooling locations mapped: Officials urge caution during record-setting heat wave in Vermont
The National Weather Service expects that temperatures will set records on June 1, the same day Vermont’s motel voucher program is ending for roughly 800 people.
Four Quarters brewery faces $5,000 fine for wastewater violations
According to Thursday’s announcement, Four Quarters dumped more than 33,000 gallons of untreated wastewater from September 2021 through July 2022, due to the brewery neglecting to submit its required “management plan” and failing to file monthly monitoring reports under the brewery’s wastewater permit.
Builders and architects plead for oversight at Vermont energy code hearing
The six witnesses asked a legislative rules committee to delay updates meant to help Vermont reach its climate goals, contending that they could be disastrous without additional training and enforcement.
This weekend’s forecast: Hot. This summer’s forecast: Also probably hot.
The National Weather Service reported that Vermont will likely be hotter than normal this summer, based on weather patterns and climate change analysis.
Williston bans ‘non-essential’ trapping on town-owned land
Williston residents submitted a petition two years ago urging the town to prohibit the practice, calling animal traps “inhumane and indiscriminate” and posing a risk to pets and children.
'I wanted to cry': Devastating risks of spray foam insulation hidden from Vermont homeowners
When asked how a homeowner could assess whether they’re hiring a high-quality insulation installer, Brent Ehrlich, a products and materials specialist at BuildingGreen, said, “I don't really have a good answer to that.”
State invites public to comment on proposed regulations for coyote hunting and wildlife trapping
Hunters and wildlife advocates have been at odds over the rule changes, which were required by legislation passed in 2022.