Amy Cochran: Farm septic waste causing great harm

The formerly earthy smell of animals, hay and balanced fertilization of the land has been replaced with the pungent smell of a witch’s brew of fresh manure, urine, chemical waste products, partially decomposed animals, rotten silage and anything else that has lost its usefulness.

Alarms raised about herbicide runoff as planting season nears

Atrazine has been found in streams at many times the levels that kill aquatic plants, a study says. The Agency of Agriculture calls the risk overblown and says farmers use atrazine properly.

Report: Herbicide, chemical fertilizer use doubled on Vermont dairy farms in a decade

Regeneration Vermont, a pro-organic advocacy group, says Monsanto and other companies promised farmers higher yields with fewer chemicals.