Welch legislation encourages young farmers to pursue agriculture

News Release — Rep. Peter Welch June 14, 2017 Contact: Kate Hamilton (202) 440-3340 Welch Unveils Legislation to Remove Faced by Young Farmers RICHMOND, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch today convened a roundtable of young Vermont farmers and agricultural leaders to discuss the challenges facing young people interested in pursuing agricultural careers. Welch unveiled bipartisan […]

Joann Kamuf Ward & Benjamin Hoffman: Ben & Jerry’s not living up to its values

Across Vermont, ice cream’s key ingredient, milk, is sourced from numerous farms where the largely immigrant workforce endures harsh conditions and human rights violations.

Armyworms on the march in fields across Vermont

News Release — University of Vermont June 16, 2017 Media Contact: Heather Darby (802) 524-6501, ext. 437 or (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only) E-mail: [email protected] ARMYWORMS ON THE MARCH IN FARM FIELDS ACROSS VERMONT St. Albans–Armyworms have been spotted in several locations across Vermont in recent days including on Addison, Orange and Franklin County farms. […]

Share the road with farmers: tips for motorists

News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets June 15, 2017 Contact: Alison Kosakowski 802-272-4547 [email protected] Be alert. Be patient. Be kind. That’s the message state officials are sending to Vermont drivers this season, as farmers return to the roads with tractors and heavy equipment. The Agencies of Agriculture, Transportation, and Department of […]

Scott signs bill supporting rural development and forest economy

News Release — Gov. Phil Scott June 12, 2017 Contact: Rebecca Kelley 802-828-6403 [email protected] GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT SIGNS S.34 and H.495, SUPPORTING RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE FOREST ECONOMY AND FARMS At a public bill signing Monday, Vermonters highlighted the valuable impact this legislation will have on rural agricultural and timber businesses across the state Albany, […]

Salvation Farms Holds Surplus Crop Forum

News Release — Salvation Farms June 9, 2017 CONTACT: Theresa Snow [email protected] Salvation Farms Gathers Food System Colleagues for Day-Long Surplus Crop Forum Salvation Farms, in collaboration with Vermont Farm to Plate, hosted nearly 40 regional food system colleagues in May to strategize the first statewide conversation on moving more of Vermont’s surplus crops into […]

John Klar: Bigger not better in dairy industry

Big Dairy wishes the Vermont public to “watch the birdie” of the milk market and labor pool so as to bury the environmental policing which is long overdue.

New England Dairy Promotion Board Announces Addition to Vermont Staff

News Release — New England Dairy Promotion Board June 5, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hardie 802-863-5416 ext. 100 [email protected] Rene Thibault Appointed to Public Relations Position Winooski, Vermont, June 5, 2017 – New England Dairy Promotion Board announced today the appointment of Rene Thibault of Jericho, Vermont to the position of Public Relations and Communications […]

Legislative Wrap 2017: Environment and energy

Pollution in Lake Champlain, PFOA contamination in drinking water in the Bennington area and the future of Act 250 were some of the issues before legislators this session.

Vermont’s Tour de Farms Bike Ride Returns Aug. 6

News Release — Addison County Relocalization Network June 1, 2017 Contact: Jonathan Corcoran [email protected] (802) 989-2583 Pre-registration is now open for discounted entry BRISTOL, Vt. – ACORN’s 10th annual Tour de Farms, one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours, will be held Sunday, August 6th in Bristol, Vt. This year’s route will follow 28 miles […]

Dr. Temple Grandin to visit Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

News Release — Sterling College June 5, 2017 CONTACT: To learn more about Dr. Temple Grandin’s talk at Heartbeet, please contact Heartbeet Lifesharing at 802-472-3285 or [email protected] To learn more about The School of the New American Farmstead and the courses Dr. Grandin is teaching at Sterling College please contact [email protected] MEDIA CONTACT: Beana Bern, […]

Greg Georgaklis: Choosing fresh local foods

When we factor in the health impacts, transportation costs and other external factors that go into “Big Food,” more people have determined that spending a bit more on food from known local sources is actually cheaper in the long run.

Trump takes aim at rural areas and poor with budget plan

The plan would cut many programs on which Vermonters rely, including Medicaid and LIHEAP. Trump said the latter sees “sizeable fraud and abuse” and is no longer necessary.

Student loan forgiveness could help farmers grow

“We are five years behind where we could be,” says one Vermont farmer struggling with student debt. A bill before Congress looks to attract more young people to the field and help them succeed.