Huffington Post: USDA Drops Plan to Test for Monsanto Weed Killer in Food

March 23, 2007 By: Carey Gillam The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly dropped a plan to start testing food for residues of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer and the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s branded Roundup herbicides. The agency spent the last year coordinating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Continue Reading

VT Digger: Feds deny targeting political activists

Mar. 20, 2017 by Morgan True BURLINGTON — Three activists with the group Migrant Justice, who were arrested last week for violating immigration law, continue to be held Monday at a detention center in New Hampshire, according to a group spokesman. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday’s arrest of two of those Migrant Continue Reading

VT Digger: Trump budget cuts would gut federal funds to Vermont

Mar. 17, 2017 by Jasper Craven WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, Republican President Donald Trump released a draconian budget proposal that, if enacted, would devastate domestic spending in order to boost military spending and enhance border security. The Trump plan was modeled on a budget blueprint promoted by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a D.C. think Continue Reading

VT Biz: Women Farmers Play a Critical Role in VT’s Ag Economy

Vermont Business Magazine March is Women’s History month, and Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is taking advantage of the occasion to highlight the important role women play in Vermont’s Ag community. Women represent about 22.3% (link is external) of the principal farm operators in Vermont, according to the most recent USDA agricultural census. That number is Continue Reading

WAMC: NYS Lawmaker Introduces Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill

By Allison Dunne • Feb 15, 2017 A New York state Assemblywoman has introduced legislation on carbon farming that she says is the first of its kind. The idea is to promote environmentally friendly farming practices while, at the same time, putting money back into the pockets of farmers. Democrat Didi Barrett has sponsored a Continue Reading

The Herald: Rural Vermont’s Community Conversation a Hit

March 2, 2017 Scott Beavers Rural Vermont kicked off its Groundswell Community Conversation tour at the Tunbridge Town Hall last Wednesday, Feb. 15 and the room was full, energized, and as far as one could tell, the event was a resounding success. About 90 people filled the room, along with several of the Rural Vermont Continue Reading