Helping our farmers and loggers will have a ripple effect throughout our rural communities. If farmers do well, that helps the veterinarians, the feed store, the equipment dealers and other small businesses. This is the key to reviving our rural economy.
The Green New Deal calls for shifting energy consumption entirely to electric current. Doing so would cause $200 million in losses to Wisconsin farmers, while clobbering the state’s iconic dairy industry with $2.5 billion in additional costs.
Vermont dairy farmers continue to experience a volatile milk market and once again must choose whether to enroll in an insurance program to protect themselves against falling milk prices.
This week, we invited farmer Kate Bowen from Putney back on the show to discuss the state’s farming business models and the challenges Vermont farmers face today.
A new forecast by regional dairy co-op powerhouse Agri-Mark may come as good news to Vermont dairy farmers, but dark clouds remain over the state’s dairy future, with prices and environmental legislation making it more difficult for farmers to thrive.
In the seventh episode of “Travels With Charlie – Vermont Politics in Real Life,” host Charlie Papillo discusses the uncertain future of Vermont farming with Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and Jennifer Lambert of Lambert Farm.
I am not without sympathy for federal workers whose pay was delayed by the partial government shutdown. But that sympathy withers when these workers’ plight is compared to Vermont’s dairy farmers.
Mark and Kate Bowen, owners of Meadowdale Farm in Putney, discuss how heavy regulations, high financial losses and creeping anti-farming attitudes have made life in Vermont challenging for farmers.
Farm bills past have repeatedly disappointed those who believe in free markets, reduced dependency on government, and individual freedom. This latest farm bill, according to published reports, would be the worst in recent memory.
An oversupply of milk nationwide has resulted in suppressed milk prices for more than four years, and put many Vermont farmers into a state of economic insecurity that has forced them to make difficult choices about their future.
For conservatives to support any farm bill, Congress should adopt the House’s reforms to require more work-capable recipients of food stamps to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving benefits.