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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.

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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.