Plenty of Vermont farmers are interested in growing marijuana for profit. But they worry the commercial cannabis bill will let towns shut them down.Read more
Farmers being blamed for runoff polluting Vermont streams and lakes say business has been bad for a long time and they can’t afford the cleanups mandated by the State. One Middlebury farmer had to sell his cows to pay the bank. And pressure about manure runoff didn’t help.Read more
The 56-year-old Williamstown dairy farmer and lawmaker just couldn’t make ends meet when the cost of doing business went up. His story is not unique – the number of Vermont farms dropped to an all-time low, state officials announced last week. When he sells his herd next week, there will be no more active dairy farmers in the Legislature.Read more
The price of milk has been rising steadily since last January and is expected to rise higher in 2020. Exports also have been strong in spite of the Trump trade tariffs.
A Brownington farmer pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after his cows were found starved and standing in two feet of manure.Read more
A Huntington farmer who has lost $17,000 worth of corn to marauding bears had had enough and shot 10 of them. Now some neighbors are complaining about cruelty to animals.Read more
Vermonters say dairy important to state identity, farmers say it’s a tough way to make a living – VPR
It’s the same old story – Vermonters and tourists love looking at the state’s dairy farms, and just knowing they are there. But the people who work them every day wonder just how much longer they can keep it up.Read more
Seems like some Vermont hemp farmers are finding it’s not quite the pot of gold they thought it would be, thanks to a saturated market. Maybe some of them are just waiting for the Legislature to allow large-scale, legal cultivation?Read more
Another Vermont dairy farmer is going out of business. A Grand Isle County farmer held an auction to sell 140 cows. The reason: it costs more to produce the milk than what he’s being paid for it.Read more
Decline in cross-country skiing season just one already-here effect of climate change, farmer says. He sees trouble ahead. But haven't farmers always worried about the weather?