Transitioning from dairy will decrease net greenhouse gas emissions, help with housing, make Lake Champlain healthier, and provide an exit for hard-working farm families.
Horizon’s exit from the state left farmers reeling. The task force’s recommendations aim to offer them new, bolstered markets and create a level playing field for producers in the Northeast.
The purchase agreement marks the sixth offer by the Norwich Farm Foundation and would allow the Norwich Farm Creamery to stay in place.
Since the company announced it would terminate contracts with 89 organic farmers across the region, farmers have been scrambling to find new markets for their milk. The move may open more options for the farmers, according to Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts.
“Right now, we have no options,” said a farmer who runs an organic dairy farm in northeastern Vermont.
The study found that issues relating to immigration status, isolation and work safety cause nearly 40% of Latino dairy workers in the state to experience clinically significant levels of stress.
Unanswered questions: How can Vermont dairies cope with changing consumer preferences and non-dairy milk biotechnology? What business model will allow which dairy farms to prosper when federal price supports sink below current levels — and what becomes of the others?
The Agency of Agriculture hosted a seminar on diversifying at the Northern Tier Dairy Summit. Goats stole the show.
The public/private lending partnership last year closed a record amount of financing worth nearly $168 million, nearly twice the previous high.
A new study recommends changes to feeding practices to help control water pollution. But there’s no obvious solution, and some counties just have too many cows.
The cost of processing manure into a marketable product is likely to be greater than the potential benefit, given the ready availability and inexpensive cost of phosphorus now used for commercial fertilizers.
The author recounts Carlos’ terrifying journey over the Mexican border, his adjustment to Vermont’s bitter winters and his determination to save money for his family back home.
It is time that Vermont demonstrate that it can sustain and improve an industry threatened by economic decline and challenged by environmental constraints.
Regeneration Vermont, a pro-organic advocacy group, says Monsanto and other companies promised farmers higher yields with fewer chemicals.