Huffington Post: Hawaii May Become The First State To Help Farms Go Organic

Legislation awaiting the governor’s signature would give tax breaks to farmers for the costs of organic certification. By Carla Herreria 05/13/2016 Full Article Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to approve tax credits for organic farmers, a huge potential boost for the industry. A bill now awaiting Gov. David Ige’s signature would provide farmers up Continue Reading

New York Times: A Boon for Soil, and for the Environment

By BETH GARDINER MAY 17, 2016 Full Article LONDON — When Gabe Brown and his wife bought their farm near Bismarck, North Dakota, from her parents in 1991, testing found the soil badly depleted, its carbon down to just a quarter of levels once considered natural in the area. Today the Brown farm and ranch Continue Reading

VT Digger: Agency adjusts scope of proposed farm inspection rule

May. 18, 2016, 7:46 pm by Mike Polhamus Full Article The state Agriculture Agency has submitted its formal draft of new rules requiring small farms to follow the same management practices currently required of medium- and large-sized Vermont farms. The formal draft rules contain a narrower definition of farms that would be subject to annual Continue Reading

VPR: Vermont’s Third Hemp-Growing Season: More Acreage, New Products

By Jon Kalish May 16, 2016 Full Article Farmers have started planting Vermont’s third hemp crop. Though their numbers are few, the acreage devoted to hemp has significantly increased this year, as has the direction of the state’s fledgling hemp industry. A survey conducted by this reporter of hemp growers registered with the Agency of Continue Reading

VT Digger: GMO labeling law provision to be delayed

May. 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Hewitt Full Article Language attached to the annual budget bill will push the start date of a provision of Vermont’s soon-to-be-enacted GMO labeling law back by one year. The law, set to go into effect on July 1, allows citizens to sue companies for not complying with GMO labeling requirements. Continue Reading

VT Digger: UVM Crowdfunding Campaign Seeks Donations For Hemp Research

News Release — UVM Extension May 3, 2016 Contact: Heather Darby (802) 524-6501, ext. 437 or (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only) E-mail: heather.darby@uvm.edu Burlington–University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Team has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for industrial hemp research to benefit farmers in Vermont and the region. The goal Continue Reading