A New York pesticide ban heading to Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s desk could be devastating to farmers and crops throughout the state, according to scientists and farmers.
Despite the profound ignorance of AOC’s cow claims, the attacks on cows have morphed into a sustained, widespread attack on gentle bovines. Humans have more to fear from this perverse ideological initiative than they may realize.
Eliminating cows increases food domination, and profits for global corporations. It does not profit the environment much at all.
The Agriculture Department’s new Equity Commission is seeking the public’s comments after its interim report called for more diversity on related county boards as part of “closing the racial wealth gap and addressing longstanding inequities in agriculture.”
Vermont is the only state in the country where farmers cannot readily access a program meant to pay them back for restoring habitats around their farms. It’s called the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program — almost always referred to as CREP.
Whether towns and cities can charge farms for stormwater utility fees is at the center of a bubbling debate between state agriculture officials and municipal leaders around Vermont.
A bill to help small farmers diversify their products with a new grant program crossed over from the House to the Senate, but not without a significant cut in the money behind it.
My local dump in Vermont now charges $9 per contractor bag for disposal. I want to protect the environment and always have, but at what point do dump fees become so high that people leave their household trash and old couch on the side of the road?
Support your local farmer, and stand up for cows, a marginalized group who cannot speak for themselves. When researchers peddle beavers, bison, and wolves, it’s probably time to buy a cow as a revolutionary act.
The stunning political win of the Farmer-Citizen Movement in recent provincial elections in the Netherlands was a populist backlash against ambitious environmental initiatives to eliminate thousands of law-abiding, multi-generational farmers to reduce nitrogen and other alleged pollutants.
The bill, H.205, would appropriate $500,000 for the project in 2024 to be administered through the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Each grant would be capped at $15,000 to boost the number of farmers able to access the program. Recipients would have a year to complete their projects.
Eleven organic dairy farms in Vermont closed in 2021. The next year, 18 more followed. And this year the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont expects to lose another 28 farms. That data is why the association wants to see $9.2 million sent to organic dairy farmers in this year’s budget.