The U.S. House Agriculture Committee approved a Farm Bill last week on a bipartisan vote of 36-10. The bill is expected to be debated by the full House of Representatives this summer.
Two Rutland-area insurance agencies merged recently.
All of the excitement of the Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to the Employees Mutual Association in Ticonderoga on Saturday, June 1.
Bud Smith turns a coffee hobby into a local business
Bud Smith has always had a taste for coffee. His long-percolating passion for all things relating to the evergreen coffea bush took off with the dawning of the new millenium.
On May 11, 4-H members traveled to Hinesburg for a sheep fitting clinic, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension and hosted by the Henson family. The clinic taught members to learn how to fit meat breed sheep for exhibiting at sheep shows.
$30 million Middlebury facility to be completed in 2014
Officials of Woodchuck Hard Cider—a brand of apple cider made by Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC—gave members of the news media an overview of its new, $30 million Middlebury cidery May 10.
The Town of Hubbardton and the Lake Bomoseen Association have been awarded $9,900 in taxpayer funds through the Grant in Aid Funds from the State of Vermont for the Greeter Program, according to Bob Franzoni of the Lake Bomoseen Association.
South American plant is popular in Vermont gardens
Beverly Sabatini of Pinewood Gardens in Brandon tends to a hot house full of newly arrived colorful petunia plants.
The Vermont House of Representatives passed the nation’s strongest bill against chemical flame retardants (S.81, vote:141-0). The bill, if passed by the Senate, will ban the use of these chemicals in children’s products and home furniture.
Some hop crops also affected
Workers at Vermont garden centers and nurseries are reeling in the latest bad news to hit the New England plant world—the University of Vermont Plant Diagnostic Clinic has identified a new destructive disease infecting the highly popular impatiens garden plant; it’s called downy mildew.
Pet owners’ vet bills are growing, which may explain why fewer are taking their dogs and cats to the animal doctor although more Vermonters than ever have pets. To make matters worse, a 2.3 percent Obama Care tax on medical devices that kicked in Jan. 1 includes equipment that’s used for animals as well as people.
By the week ending May 4, firefighters around the region had responded to over a dozen serious wildfires directly related to the dry and breezy conditions which settled across Vermont starting in mid April.
May 4 is Green Up Vermont Day
The Vermont Department of Health is joining Green Up Vermont to spread a simple message about how to prevent tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.
Low-income residents, farmers, small businesses to be hurt the most
Vermonters can thank a majority of legislators led by Democrats, as well as Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), for increasing the cost of their transportation in the state. It is the largest gasoline tax increase in the state's history.
Here’s a new agricultural term you won’t find in the dictionary just yet: “solar orchard”. So, what the heck is a “solar orchard” you ask?