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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.

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State’s publishes new timber harvesting guidelines

For private landowners in Addison and Rutland counties wondering since 2013 about news about the State of Vermont’s plans for woodland harvesting guidelines, the wait is over.

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Chikungunya infections in Vermont

Seeking warmth this winter? The Vermont Department of Health is reminding all people traveling to the Caribbean, and Central and South America and parts of Mexico to take precautions against chikungunya, a virus spread through mosquito bites.

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Plan will create new jobs in Middlebury

The Addison County Economic Development Corporation has approved financing that will allow Middlebury-based start-up Stonecutter Spirits to begin production.

Trade show grants available

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has created a new matching grant program to help agriculture and forest product businesses attend domestic trade shows and expand their presence in other U.S. states.

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O Christmas tree!

'Tis the season in downtown Middlebury

Librarian Judy Holler touches up the fragrant Christmas tree on display in the Ilsley Public Library’s reading room in downtown Middlebury this week.

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Farmer-owned co-op business opens new Middlebury office

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Yankee Farm Credit to its new office located at 320 Exchange St. in Middlebury.

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Manure spreading ban begins Dec. 15

The manure spreading ban in Vermont will once again take effect Dec. 15.

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NOFA’s Journey Farmer program offers financial support

Applications due Dec. 15, 2014

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Journey Farmer Program.

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Vermont gardening review: signs of climate change in 2014

All the facts and science and climate records point to a changing climate.

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Vermont dairy farm admits to violations

Leach Farms, Inc., a dairy farm in Enosburg Falls has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and will pay $40,000 in civil penalties for the water quality violations.

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Vermont logger to pay civil penalties

Vermont logger Reginald Riendeau will pay $60,000 in civil penalties for violating Vermont’s water quality and heavy cut timber laws.

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Time Capsule: Picturing a classic Vermont country general store

Remember when general stores provided one-stop shopping in rural Vermont?

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Students win in 4-H horse contests

Vermont was host to the New England 4-H Horse Contests held last week to help 4-Hers prepare for national competition.