NPR: The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen

By Dan Charles April 24, 2016 Full Article When Laura Dunn decided to make a film about America’s foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, she ran into one significant complication: He was willing to be interviewed, but he didn’t want to go on-camera. Berry, an old-fashioned man to his core, believes that experiencing the world through computer Continue Reading

Times Argus: Vermont’s dairy industry struggles with national rates

April 17,2016 By Dan Colton Full Article After decades of marginalization and struggling to make ends meet, new legislation introduced by Congress aims to help Northeastern dairy farmers. In Vermont, where the bucolic landscape and culture are revered, dairy is the agricultural top dog. The state’s Agency of Agriculture said dairy generates $2.2 billion for Continue Reading

Seven Days: Grocers, Activists Tussle Over Tweak to GMO Labeling Law

Nancy Remsen Mon, Apr 25, 2016 Full Article The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association has been shopping two changes to the law that mandates labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients to smooth the law’s implementation. One change would prevent consumers from suing should they find non-labeled products on store shelves during the 18 months Continue Reading

Seven Days: Salvation Farms’ Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty

By Katie Titterton 4/20/16 Full Article Fourteen percent of Vermonters go hungry on a regular basis; one in four routinely visits a food shelf or meal-service site. Meanwhile, thousands of pounds of edible fruits and vegetables are plowed back into the fields on Vermont farms each year. Morrisville-based Salvation Farms wants to change that. Founded Continue Reading

Summit Daily: Industrial hemp gaining traction in ag industry

By Nikki Work 4/17/16 Full Article GREELEY, Colo. — Two years ago, Rick Trojan and his team at Colorado Cultivars found a wild hemp plant growing on the side of the road. It looked kind of like a Christmas tree, he said. They brought it into their greenhouse and began doing research, cultivating different strains Continue Reading

Addison Independent: Farmers ask state to extend slaughter law

April 11, 2016 | Full Article MONTPELIER — Two food producers from Starksboro spent the day away from their farms on March 30 with a group of other young farmers to meet privately with legislators and provide testimony before the House and Senate agriculture committees. Over 40 participating farmers shared the unique challenges they face, Continue Reading