agriculture

Randolph site once up for development now to be protected

Conservationists are raising money to buy the final piece of the parcel at Exit 4, while the owners have agreed to sell most of the land to another group to be run as a farm.

Fate of Vermont agriculture in Washington weighs heavy

Farmers and members of the congressional delegation look to limit the damage when it comes to immigrant labor, federal grant funding, dairy price protections and more.

Clara Ayer: Earth Day is every day on our dairy farm

Our mission at Fairmont Farm is to be a profitable dairy farm with the utmost consideration for the safety and happiness of our people, the cleanliness of our environment and the health of our animals.

Kathleen Krevetski: Local foods bring people together

Growing local is about serving our community. We need to remember and appreciate the farmers who grow the food we eat.

Roger Allbee: Dairy industry history shows market adaptations

Our advantage in Vermont and the Northeast is being near large markets, but it is an advantage that will continue to erode without an aggressive strategy.

Leonard Bull: Time for a new look at dairy

When Cabot cheddar is voted the best in the world, that is great, just as when Ben & Jerry’s adds a new flavor. But those successes are not innovations and there’s little new demand for milk.

John Klar: Illegal immigrants and industrial farms

There has been uncritical acceptance lately of this hogwash that Vermont is dependent on illegal foreign laborers to “save” its dairy industry.

Farm to fundraising: Family fights to keep dairy operation

After hanging on through four years of bankruptcy proceedings and the loss of the family patriarch, the operators of a tiny Ira farm aren’t ready to give up yet. But their options are dwindling.

Ben Hewitt: A groundswell for agricultural change

We no longer have any excuse for failing to acknowledge the destructiveness of contemporary commodity agriculture and the fragility it has engendered across the spectrums of economy, ecology and human health, to name but a few.

Vermont Creamery wins big at U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

News Release – Vermont Creamery March 9, 2017 Contact: Kara Herlihy [email protected] Websterville, VT— March 9, 2017— Vermont Creamery was honored for achievement in artisan cheesemaking this week with three awards at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest (USCCC) held biennially in Wisconsin. Vanilla Crème Fraîche won “Best in Class” while Cultured Butter with Sea Salt […]

New Video Features Farmer Contributions to Healthy Soil and Clean Water

News Release — UVM Extension Feb. 24, 2017 Media Contact: Jeff Carter (802) 388-4969, ext. 332, or (800) 956-1125, ext. 332 (Vermont calls only) E-mail: [email protected] Nearly 60% Annual Increase in Cover Crops Planted in Vermont Burlington–To help the public better understand the benefits of cover crops and other environmentally friendly farming practices, three Vermont […]

UVM Researchers to Lead March 9 Workshop on Growing Saffron in Vermont

News Release — UVM Feb. 14, 2017 Contact: Jeff Wakefield, [email protected], 802-578-8830 The University of Vermont scientists who grew saffron in a research station in northern Vermont, capturing extensive media attention with their success, will lead a workshop on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gardner’s Supply in Burlington on how to […]

Vermont Farmers Can Receive Financial Assistance to Install Structural Practices that Protect and Improve Water Quality

News Release — USDA Feb. 8, 2017 Media Contact: Amy Overstreet, Public Information Officer, USDA NRCS, (802) 951-6796, ext. 221 Colchester, Vermont, Feb. 8, 2017— The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont is encouraging producers to submit applications for financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). While EQIP is offered […]

Maine Dairy and Forages Expert Tapped as Keynote Speaker at Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

News Release — UVM Extension Feb. 8, 2017 Contact: Deb Heleba (802) 656-4046 E-mail: [email protected] Randolph Center–Rick Kersbergen, a sustainable dairy and forage systems specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will give the keynote talk at the annual Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference. Kersbergen will describe nutritional strategies for optimal herd health and performance […]