Agriculture

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This week, the last remaining dairy herd is leaving Weathersfield, a town once dotted with small milking farms. This is a growing trend in the changing dairy industry of Windsor County and beyond.

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There's an idealized image of agriculture that has animals, the environment, food and farmers themselves thriving in a balanced ecosystem.

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In 2014, the Obama administration issued a federal memo aiming to put an end to random deportations of people living illegally in the U.S. who aren't criminals. But a closer look finds that there are still cases where immigration authorities are ignoring these policies, including in Vermont.

The longtime news director at WCAX, Anson Tebbetts, will serve as secretary of the Agency of Agriculture under the incoming administration of Governor-elect Phil Scott.

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Eight years ago, Lindsay and Scott Courcelle started a market garden of vegetables, herbs and flowers in Shrewsbury. Now, their venture has grown into Alchemy Gardens.

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A big new book has more information than you may have known you wanted about cheese. We're talking about the intersection of cheese and all aspects of human civilization with a couple of the folks behind the "The Oxford Companion to Cheese."

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Saffron. The golden, flavorful spice has been used to season foods for thousands of years, often in rice and chicken dishes, and is largely grown in the Middle East. So what's it doing growing in Vermont?

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President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to deport millions of illegal immigrants with criminal records. It’s unclear how many people fit this category — but Trump's sweeping statements are already sending shock waves into many undocumented workers' lives.

A rally in Thetford two years ago criticized the USDA's move to allow vegetables raised hydroponically to be labeled as "organic."
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This week, the National Organics Standards Board plans to decide if hydroponically-grown foods, which use a water-based model of cultivation, can be sold under the label “certified organic."

But some organic farmers and advocates are objecting to the change, saying the label should be rooted in soil-based growing.

In the current political climate, there is little room for discussing climate change. But in my forty years of living in Vermont, this is the warmest Fall I’ve ever experienced. And, each year, spring seems to come just a little bit earlier. Now that it’s apple harvest time, I’m reminded of how precious this year’s apple crop is.

A group of farmers, activists and lawmakers will rally to keep the certification of "organic" food rooted in soil-based farming.

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Fall is apple season, and pick-your-own orchards are a popular destination. But it's also grape season, and one vineyard in Randolph Center is adopting the pick-your-own technique.

Vermont's secretary of agriculture says some farmers here may be eligible for federal disaster aid due to the ongoing drought that's hit elsewhere in New England.

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The prices that dairy farmers get for milk are down this summer. Economists will tell you it's supply and demand, and there's a lot of milk being produced in the U.S. and around the world. But the picture is complicated for Vermont farms that are trying to respond to the market.

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A Windham County research institute will get $830,000, as part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue to explore ways to turn human urine into fertilizer.

When people hear the word drought, they likely think of California. But there's also an extreme drought in parts of New England. The Northeast is experiencing the worst drought in more than a decade.

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A nonprofit organization is trying to get more Vermont veterans into the farming business. The Farmer Veteran Coalition only has about a dozen members in Vermont so far, but it’s already changing lives.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying 11 million pounds of surplus cheese in an effort to feed the hungry and bolster milk prices paid to farmers.

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This week is Open Farm Week in Vermont. And with nearly 90 farms participating around the state, you don't need to go far to have a personal farm experience.

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All that planting you did once the winter ended was invigorating. You dug, hoed and sowed, putting in vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

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