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Re: “Vermont Hemp Farmers Find Fertile Ground in CBD Crop

So if your crop is higher the .3 its says they call the law. Can the law then arrest you for growing marijuana even tho your trying for CBD?

Posted by djwires on 09/19/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Vermont Hemp Farmers Find Fertile Ground in CBD Crop

That will be great! Now if us Vermonters who have to pay ridiculous high prices to get CBD from out of state, hopefully won't have to pay such a high price for it..

Posted by kenatwood52 on 09/19/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Vermont Hemp Farmers Find Fertile Ground in CBD Crop

Yea, CBD and hemp on our farms instead of cows. That is a wonderful idea! Win/win!

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Posted by leaterhune on 09/18/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Vermont Hemp Farmers Find Fertile Ground in CBD Crop

I wonder if you could press hemp for oil to use in cars.

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Posted by Jozef Eller on 09/13/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Vermont Hemp Farmers Find Fertile Ground in CBD Crop

Great article, Terri! We are working to save our family farm and with the help, support and guidance of the Vermont Hemp Company, it looks like we may make it by growing industrial hemp.

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Posted by cyntheahausman on 09/13/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Vermont Hemp Farmers Find Fertile Ground in CBD Crop

Thank you, Terri!

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Posted by JT Bedard on 09/13/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

If you voted for Trump as a Vermont dairy farmer, you truly deserve to lose everything. I'm so exhausted by this, "Oh, I didn't think it was going to affect ME! I thought it would affect everyone ELSE!" mentality. It is self-serving, misguided, and completely inane. The first actions that Trump took were to specifically remove the focus of immigration enforcement away from violent criminals and onto, essentially, all illegals. That means all of your workers are at risk, and if you voted from Trump, you brought it upon yourself. You get precisely nobody's sympathy.

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Posted by Kendra Jowers on 04/14/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

What about hooking this in to crowd-funding and carbon offsets markets that already exist? If people understood how powerful this can be, for sequestering carbon in soil and for lake cleanup, as well as the health benefits of pastured dairy products and the tourism value of cows on pasture, not just on the side of Cabot trucks, I think they would want to be part of it. Maybe we could even create a Champlain brand that people could buy with that virtuous feeling of helping their lake and planet. These are different times, post-election, with millions of people looking for ways to make a difference, and I know many who would like to be part of this movement. If we lead, waving dollar bills, big dairy will follow, just the way cows follow a pail of grain.
P.S. I LOVED Steve Judge's Vermont Family Farms milk, and miss it.

Posted by Jessie Haas on 03/03/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

I eagerly look forward to reporter Heintz's follow-up report in, say, six months? Prediction: no, none, nil, zero, illegal immigrant dairy employees currently working in Vermont will have been deported by immigration agents (ICE) EXCEPT for those illegal immigrant dairy employees who are convicted of crimes OTHER THAN illegally entering the U.S., e.g., drunk driving, domestic assault, theft, sex crimes, etc. The so-called "new Trump immigration order" is NOT new; it is simply enforcement of U.S. Immigration law as enacted long ago by Congress. This story by Heintz is yet another example of sloppy, needlessly-alarmist reporting, i.e., "fake" news. The TRUE and accurate story is that President Obama, by Executive Order, blocked the ICE agents from enforcing the nation's immigration laws as enacted by Congress. Trump has now undone Obama's possibly unconstitutional action and reinstituted the immigration laws enacted by Congress. Fact: there are not enough ICE agents and/or detention centers and/or immigration judges to "go after" illegal immigrants whose only crime is illegal entry. Bottom line: Vermont's illegal immigrant farm workers will not be deported. Period. That's reality. If Mr. Heintz had done his job diligently and honestly, he would have reported that. I'll wager you'll get no follow-up report from him in 6 months; it would expose Heintz for what he really is: a propagandist.

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Posted by wahrheit on 02/26/2017 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

People don't realize that it's not that easy for mexican immigrants to come here legally. For one, 90% of asians and Canadians get approved for green cards while 66% of latins get approved. It's discrimination. And if a foreign person wants to come here legally by getting a job in the U.S., a U.S. employer has to sponser them, and show that they could not find a U.S. citizen to work for them already. The immigrant also has to meet other requirements, but you get the idea.

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Posted by StandUp on 02/25/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

People don't realize it's not that easy for Mexican immigrants to come here legally. For one, 90% of asians and Canadians get approved for green cards, while 66% of latins get approved. It's discrimination. And if a foreign person wants to come here legally by working in the U.S., a U.S. employer needs to sponsor them, and that employer needs to show that they couldn't hire a U.S. citizen first. they also need to meet other requirements.

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Posted by StandUp on 02/25/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

These guys are a little late to the game on this. I started a farmer owned milk company and a brand of fluid milk called Vermont Family Farms back in the 1990s. The State of Vermont and the coops did everything they could to put us out of business because we dared to stand up to the dairy establishment and market a premium, BST free milk produced exclusively by sustainable Vermont dairy farms. Our farmer owners had tough standards for milk quality and land and animal care and they were paid substantially more for their milk. Annual sales of our milk had surpassed $1,000,000 dollars by 2000 when the farmer owners decided to sell the brand of milk which was eventually purchased and driven into the ground by HP Hood.

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Posted by Steven A Judge on 02/23/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

The comments Secretary Allbee states as causing a need for change are no different than they have been for decades. His points could have been made more than once in each of the last four decades. Both conventional and organic dairy farmers have their struggles and yet both survive. There are fewer farms as counted by the government but the land being farmed, number of cows milked, etc have changed little if any. Most farms are consolidated. Instead of each family member buying their own farm they are joining together. This has made a huge difference in management styles and vacation opportunities. Having many owner/operators on a single farm can be a struggle but it does allow each to focus on their strengths instead of having to be a jack of all trades. Some owners are better at human resources, some crops and some might be more mechanically inclined. There is not a lack of young people looking to dairy as their future with passion and enthusiasm, my son being one of them.

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Posted by Margaret Huessy Laggis on 02/23/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

The question for Agrimark/Cabot and Ben & Jerry's is how they can profit from farmers who are losing money with every gallon of milk they sell for cheese and ice cream. We're all in this together folks. Are are we? Agrimark/Cabot needs to come to the table and figure out a way to compensate the producers for the product that makes Cabot cheese.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by A. Smith on 02/22/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

Milk and cheese are baby cow fattening liquid. They are a luxury we pay an artificially low price for. Getting strong, verifiable standards on the books here in Vermont (as opposed to just "organic") and marketing that milk to co-ops and Whole Foods-type stores around the country would really help struggling farmers. Some conventional farmers won't be able to hack it in a legal environment that protects our lake, soil, and climate. That's life.

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Posted by AdamGoch on 02/22/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

president Trump is not trying to get rid of immigrants he's trying to get rid of the criminals the ones that are here illegally the illegal aliens are law state that if you're a criminal you need to be punished it doesn't matter what country you're from if you're here illegally your criminal I think any person that houses or employ these people should prosecuted for aiding and abetting a criminal

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Posted by pothead420 on 02/20/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

You keep calling them undocumented. The real definition is ILLEGAL. If they are here illegally, then they should not be working or living in our country. Obey the law. That is all you have to fear. Countries who do not protect their borders are not really countries.

Try entering Canada or Mexico illegally and see where you end up. There are other people who want to and can milk cows. Dairy farmers need to try a bit harder to find that help, stop using the excuse you can't find anyone. Maybe try paying your help a little more.

17 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Jackie Schmidts on 02/17/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

......those farms that break immigration law by employing illegals should not be given a free pass, but should be held accountable, because they steal prosperity from those farms that abide by immigration law.....

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Posted by Henry Parsons on 02/17/2017 at 1:17 AM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

I wonder what the "market hourly price" for someone (legal) to work 12 hour shifts milking cows (or growing/picking vegetables) would be? $50 per hour?

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Posted by Bud on 02/16/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

This article and some of the quotes are misleading re: the **need** to milk cows. The dairy industry puts forward the false notion that cows just produce milk and without human intervention the cows would become overloaded with milk and sicken. In actuality, cows, like humans, produce milk to feed their babies and do not need humans to intervene...except that, because humans remove calves from their mothers and don't allow them to drink the milk that should be theirs, the cows have milk but no calves to drink it. Cows do not produce milk indefinitely and, just as calves are weaned from their mothers and the milk supply decreases, if milking by humans is gradually decreased the mother cow will eventually stop producing milk.

While the cultural and financial significance of the dairy industry in Vermont is important, it isn't a sustainable industry, because they rely on large taxpayer funded subsidies and underpaying/overworking their hired help, as outlined in this article. Vermont should look into other ways to foster economic vitality that create jobs with living wages and don't harm innocent mothers and babies.

28 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Lindsey83 on 02/15/2017 at 10:03 AM

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