The Vermont State Senate gave preliminary approval to the Healthy Workplaces bill (H.187) on Feb. 2 with a voice vote.
It was a good showing for the 2016 Vermont Farm Show which concluded last week. Several of the Eagle's agribusiness advertisers attended the 2016 Vermont Farm Show held in Essex Junction.
Mountain View Equipment, a John Deere equipment dealership, will be collecting cash donations at the Vermont Farm Show to support the many programs of the Vermont Food Bank. In exchange for a donation of $5 or more, Mountain View Equipment will be handing out John Deere hats.
In early January, Vermont State Police were contacted by the Rutland Humane Society and Spring Hill Horse Rescue regarding a group of emaciated horses being pastured off Kendall Hill Road in Pittsford.
The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for Vermont’s local food growers and eaters on Feb. 13-15, at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
It’s an understatement to have to mention that Vermonters love stock-car racing. Since the 1930s, the Green Mountain State has been home to a steady fanbase for a variety of automobile racing venues, including fan clubs supporting local drivers from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts line.
Any student K-12 may submit one entry each for both of Green Up Vermont’s annual poster and writing contests. Entries must be received by Jan. 31. One poster design is selected as the official 2016 Green Up Day poster, promoting Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May.
The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently recognized Vermont Integrated Architecture of Middlebury with a 2015 Honor Award for the transformation of an old milking parlor into a contemporary writer’s studio.
Each year with the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Merry Mulch Program, your Christmas tree can be recycled once the holidays are over. Trees collected in Middlebury are chipped to make a fragrant mulch, which you can collect for free in the spring.
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A study supporting a proposed $500 million carbon tax in Vermont was funded by a renewable energy developer who stands to benefit directly from taxes targeting competing energy sources.
College of St. Joseph has been awarded a grant by the Bowse Health Trust, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center. The grant awards $88,400 over three years.
I am writing to alert citizens of Vermont to a new state law that was recently passed, called Act 64 or the Required Agricultural Practices (RAP), a whole new set of unprecedented regulations being imposed primarily on Vermont’s small farms by both the Legislature and Vermont Agency of Agriculture.
With early December’s welcome “El Nino” temperatures rising into the 50s during the daylight hours, farmers were out spreading manure on area fields last week, including this field the old Farmingdale district of Middlebury.
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At Vermont's Capitol Plaza Hotel last week, a standing-room-only crowd listened to a lively debate on imposing a $500 million carbon tax on gasoline, heating oil, propane and other fossil fuels to address global warming.
The manure spreading ban in Vermont will once again take effect Dec.15.