Letter to the Editor: Standing up to corporate bullying

We congratulate the Vermont legislature on its passage of a law to require labeling of genetically engineered food sold in the state and we commend Governor Shumlin for stating that he will sign the bill. Consumers Union testified numerous times in hearings in Vermont in favor of the bill and is supporting bills across the country that would label GMOs.

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Vermont vineyard receives top honors in int'l wine competition

Shelburne Vineyard won top honors in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester, N.Y.

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Rutland's 2014 Home & Recreation Show is official kick off to the season

Free admission to annual event

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont will host the 17th Annual Home & Recreation Show. The show will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spartan Arena which is located behind Diamond Run Mall on U.S. Route 7 South in Rutland.

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Farming in Vermont: Plowing the old-fashioned way

Understory Farm in Sudbury, Vt.

First-season farmer Gregory Witscher didn’t let a holiday get in the way of field work.

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."