UVM Extension: 2016 Hemp Trial Reports

UVM: Industrial Hemp Research Program The UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops & Soils Program started an industrial hemp research program in 2016. The 2014 Farm Bill has allowed academic institutions, like UVM, to legally develop research programs to evaluate industrial hemp as a commercial crop and we see that as a great opportunity in an emerging Continue Reading

VTBiz: Phil Scott names Anson Tebbetts Agriculture Secretary

Vermont Business Magazine December 21, 2016 Tebbetts previously served as Vermont’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2009, supporting the Agency in its mission and overseeing the consumer protection division. Since 2009, he has worked as news director at WCAX, Vermont’s CBS television affiliate, where he had previously spent 13 years as a journalist. Continue Reading

USDA: Farm Household Income Forecast

Farm Household Income Forecast USDA – Economic Research Service January 9, 2017 Median Income of Farm Operator Households Expected To Stabilize in 2016 The median income of U.S. farm households increased steadily over 2010-14, reaching an estimated $81,637 in 2014. After dipping in 2015 to $76,735, median household income is forecast to remain essentially unchanged in Continue Reading

VPR: A Farming Movement to Promote Environmental and Social Balance

January 2, 2017 Patti Daniels and Jane Lindholm There’s an idealized image of agriculture that has animals, the environment, food and farmers themselves thriving in a balanced ecosystem. On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk with supporters of an idea called “regenerative agriculture” about what it would take to build that kind of agricultural model Continue Reading

Politico: Hemp Mulls Legal Action on CBD Restrictions

12/16/2016 HEMP MULLS LEGAL ACTION ON CBD RESTRICTIONS: Listen up, hemp growers and consumers: the Hemp Industry Association believes the DEA’s recent proposal to restrict marijuana extracts doesn’t apply to you – and says it is willing to sue to make sure that’s the case. The DEA’s announcement late last week that “marijuana extracts,” including Continue Reading

VT Digger: Letter to Scott

Link to Full Letter December 6, 2016 Dear Governor-Elect Scott, Congratulations on your victory. We share your interest in getting right to work in addressing Vermont’s economic woes and we believe agriculture deserves our immediate attention. Specifically, we are deeply concerned about the dire economic conditions that continue to face Vermont’s conventional dairy producers and Continue Reading

VT Digger:Call for new dairy model in Vermont sparks debate

Call for new dairy model in Vermont sparks debate by: Mike Polhamus December 9, 2016 Link to Full Article A coalition that includes dairy farmers, academics, environmentalists and business owners is encouraging Gov.-elect Phil Scott to have Vermont develop its own dairy policy. In a letter, the group said it believes the federal policy hurts Continue Reading

VTDigger: UVM researches say lake clean-up plan may be flawed

11/30/2016 by: Mike Polhamus Link to Full Article Global climate change could invalidate some assumptions behind water pollution limits the state of Vermont adopted this year for Lake Champlain, according to a paper published this month by more than a dozen University of Vermont researchers. Changes in the climate could “outpace” efforts to combat, through Continue Reading