Addison County Planning Commission votes “yes” to gas pipeline phase 2

Addison County Regional Planning Commission representative David Hamilton, reported that the ACRPC would continue work toward establishing its formal position on Phase II of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project at the Commission’s April 9 meeting.

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Swine disease found on Rutland County farm

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is reporting the first case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the state. The positive diagnosis occurred on a swine operation in Rutland County on March 26.

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Small Vermont farms in EPA’s crosshairs

Ethan Allen Institute

The Vermont Sate Legislature is now seized with an important issue that must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Obama administration in the next couple of months, or the state will find itself in Washington’s enforcement crosshairs.

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Public meetings to be held on South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan

Southern basin includes the Poultney, Mettowee River watersheds, East Creek

A series of public meetings will be held in April to gather comments on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan.

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Waiting for the sweet season in Vermont

Vermont sugar producers are having a devil of a time this spring as they wait for the ideal conditions to tap area maple trees and collect sap to be rendered into multiple grades of syrup.

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Winter manure spreading ban ends April 1

While April 1 signals the end of the Winter Manure Spreading Ban in Vermont imposed by the Accepted Agricultural Practice Regulations (AAPs), the continued presence of snow pack on farm fields will present a challenge to farmers who wish to start spreading manure as soon as the ban is over.

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Audubon Vermont kicks off Golden Anniversary spring

Thanks to prolonged winter cold in the North Country, it may be the latest time in recent memory that Vermont sugar makers have had to wait to tap their maple trees.

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Vermont uninsured may have to pay Obama Care penalty this year

Vermont Health Connect

For most people, the Affordable Care Act—aka Obama Care—has no effect on the 2013 income tax return they are filing in 2014. However, some people may need to make important decisions by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment.

4-H Club winners move on to national competition events

The top four finishers in the senior division at the Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, March 15 in Randolph Center, earned a spot on the State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team that will compete in regional and national competitions this year.

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Vermont horse owners advised of diseases

Warm weather is around the corner and with its arrival comes the need for horse-owning Vermonters to ensure that their companions are protected from diseases transmitted by mosquitos, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).

Vermonters to gather for a 'hemp' networking event

Rural Vermont, Full Sun Company of Middlebury, and Vote Hemp will be hosting a hemp networking gathering and special screening of the hemp documentary, "Bringing it Home."

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4-H Club members display horse smarts at UVM Quiz Bowl

Vermont 4-H Club members demonstrated their horse smarts at the Vermont 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl, responding to questions on horse care and health, anatomy, nutrition, breeds, history of the horse and other equine-related topics.

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'Ready, Set, Grow!' A talk by David Cobb at the Sheldon Museum

Piles of blizzard snow may still be visible in Addison County, but now is the perfect time to plan for the growing season ahead. On Wednesday, March 19 at 1 p.m., David Cobb, a Master Gardener, will present a talk, “Ready, Set, Grow!” at the Sheldon Museum. The presentation will focus on choosing vegetable winners, seed starting, soils, fertilizers, garden pests, succession planting and other related topics

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Maple events at Dakin Farm

While flying as a fighter pilot in the Vermont Air National Guard, Sam Cutting III found Dakin Farm in 1960 and moved his family into the original farm house built in 1792. At that time, the farm included a small roadside stand which was called “Dakin Farm Maple Market” named after Timothy Dakin and his descendents who owned Dakin Farm until 1940.

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$148 million in fed funds in Vermont rural development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Feb. 28 that Vermont communities, families and businesses received $148 million in USDA Rural Development (RD) grants, loans and loan guarantees in federal fiscal year 2013.