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Milk prices rise but dairy farms close

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.

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John Klar: We have no clue

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.

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A nightmare farm bill for conservatives

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.