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.