Grant funds to support local specialty crops

Officials of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.

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Vermont second worst economic outlook in nation

Vermont Watchdog Report

Only New York is worse than Vermont when it comes to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth, according to a new report on economic competitiveness between states.

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New Haven farm hosts 4-H horse event

Vermont 4-H horse members competed for ribbons and a chance to represent the state in regional and national competitions at the annual State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest, April 4.

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4-H Club hosts Sheep Quiz Bowl in Orwell

The Town of Orwell was the home of many sheep farms during the mid 1800s, so that’s why it was appropriate for the Annual Vermont 4-H Sheep Quiz Bowl and Skill-A-Thon to be held in the southern Addison County community last week.

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Gov. Shumlin officially opens maple sugar season

Gov. Peter Shumlin kicked off Vermont’s 2015 maple sugar season March 16, officially tapping a tree at Slopeside Syrup.

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Tree seedling sale benefits local scholarships

The Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District is sponsoring its Annual Otter Creek Tree and Seedling program for area residents and cooperators.

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Young 4-H Club Vermonters display their equine expertise

Winners of Vermont’s annual 4-H Club Savvy Horse Quiz Bowl took their trophies for demonstrating their horse sense.

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Vermont green energy "takeover" bill to face fresh opposition

Vermont Watchdog Report

A bill that requires a green energy takeover in Vermont skated through committee and a preliminary House vote despite no clear estimate of what the legislation will do to electricity rates or the state’s pristine landscapes.

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Middlebury FFA students place first

The FFA, Future Farmers of America, is a national organization founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928.

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Farmers, vendors gather at week-long ag event in Middlebury

One of Vermont’s largest hubs of agribusiness, Bourdeau Brothers of Middlebury, located at 88 Seymour St., hosted its 33rd Customer Appreciation Days, Feb. 9-13.

Legislative report

Covering Benson, Orwell, Shoreham & Whiting

Much of the last two weeks were spent in my committee where we worked on the H.35 as introduced which is a bill that proposes to adopt multiple provisions related to the remediation and preservation of the waters of Vermont.

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Vermont commissioner to travel on marijuana fact-finding mission

Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn will travel to Colorado next week to study the effects of marijuana legalization in that state. The commissioner will travel with a delegation that includes Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan and advocates for and against marijuana legalization in Vermont.

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UVM-Harvard study reveals bee decline affects nutrition, disease

Bees are a familiar part of the Vermont rural landscape, especially for those farmers and hobbyists who enjoy the challenges and rewards of beekeeping for either fun or profit—or both.

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Local schools celebrate FFA Week

FFA chapters at high schools in Addison and Rutland counties will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 21-28. This year’s theme is “Go All Out!” and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.

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Annual Vermont Farm Show underway

A cold and snowy January can mean only one thing—it’s time for the 2015 Vermont Farm Show. The Champlain Valley Expo is the host for the 83rd annual Vermont Farm Show through Thursday, Jan. 29.