VT Digger:Farm pollution documents to stay public, at least for now

May. 16, 2017 by Mike Polhamus Legislators have backed down from a proposal to make farms’ plans to control their pollution exempt from Vermont’s public records laws. Instead of making a decision, lawmakers passed a bill late last week that will establish a group to study whether the documents should be exempt from public disclosure. Continue Reading

VT Digger: Lawmakers Look to Aid Rural Industries and Economies

May. 9, 2017 by Mike Polhamus Legislators appear poised to adopt a bill that proponents say will give much-needed economic stimulus to Vermont’s rural economies. Titled S.34, the wide-ranging bill seeks to support Vermont’s forestry, agriculture and renewable energy industries through a variety of measures. Versions of the bill passed both the House and Senate, Continue Reading

VT Digger: Agriculture Agency wants farm pollution documents to be secret

May. 9, 2017, 8:59 pm by Mike Polhamus Environmental advocates say farmers who receive public subsidies would be shielded from public oversight under a bill that has the support of the state’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.The legislation, H.495, would exempt farmers’ nutrient management plans from disclosure to the public. The bill has passed Continue Reading