Agriculture

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As farmers gear up for another growing season, some are preparing for more extreme weather events, particularly flooding.

Resiliency in the face of climate change was one topic covered at the winter conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont.

John Hayden and his wife run The Farm Between on the Lamoille River in Jeffersonville.

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There’s a new course being offered at Sterling College in Craftsbury, and the final project is served up on a plate. The school has teamed up with the cheese makers at Jasper Hill Cellars in Greensboro to teach the art and science of artisan cheese. The first two-week session ended with a tasting of some of the students’ mistakes. But first, the instructor, international cheese consultant Ivan Larcher, gave a power point lecture laced with formulas and diagrams.

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Winter is traditionally a time of year for farmers to take a little break. It's also a time to learn about new technology and new tips and tricks of the trade at the annual Vermont Farm Show. This year, Vermont Edition is at the farm show too!

We broadcast live from the Champlain Valley Exposition with our guest Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Charlotte Albright

Roadside stands, farmers markets, and local food restaurants abound in Vermont, and one reason for that abundance is the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. The Legislature mandated this plan in 2009, and since that time, there has been a statewide effort to coordinate all aspects of the local food system- from agricultural jobs, to land availability, to meat processing, to farmers markets. It's a big effort and it has started to bear some fruit.

An ongoing disagreement between the Senate and the House has stalled a new federal Farm bill, and the deadlock could cause major upheaval in the dairy industry if a compromise plan isn’t agreed to by the end of the month.

The Senate and the House Agriculture committee have agreed to a new dairy plan that allows farmers to sign up for an insurance program that protects farmers when prices fall below the cost of production.

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The University of Vermont has won more than $100,000 in grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency to help the agency's efforts to protect the nation's ailing bee population.

The EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs awarded $131,758 to UVM for a study that seeks to increase the efficiency of pesticide applications, making it possible for farmers to apply less bee-harming pesticide while still protecting their crops.

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