My Champlain Valley: Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss State’s Water Quality

By Alexandra Leslie 6/7/16 Full Article COLCHESTER, Vt. Tuesday night, candidates for Vermont’s top job met to discuss the state’s water quality. The forum was presented by Lake Champlain International, and co-sponsored by Vermont Rural Water Association, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Lintilhac Foundation, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Vermont Council Trout Unlimited, Continue Reading

Lancaster Farming: Vt. Researcher Eager to Expand Hemp Research

By Leon Thompson 5/27/16 Full Article BURLINGTON, Vt. — After two years working through barriers, the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team is raising money to research hemp. UVM is the first university in the Northeast to conduct hemp research with the aim of benefiting farmers and has launched a crowdfunding campaign Continue Reading

Hemp Industries Association Files Petition with Drug Enforcement Administration to Remove Hemp from Controlled Substances Act

Press Release 5/31/16 Press Conference to Discuss De-Schedule of Hemp to Occur June 1st WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, in conjunction with the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council, will file a petition with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove industrial hemp plants from Continue Reading

Times Argus: Businesses prepare for GMO rules

6/1/16 By Josh Ogorman Full Article MONTPELIER — With one month until Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect, some retailers and food manufacturers are scrambling to make sure they will be in compliance. On July 1, grocers and food makers will have to begin labeling their food products if they contain genetically modified organisms, Continue Reading

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