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VTDigger Reviews GMO Labeling in Vermont

In May, the Vermont House passed a controversial bill that would mandate labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms. The easy passage of House Bill 112 — the vote was 99-42 — shows that, as in 27 other states, there is broad interest in Vermont in labeling GMOs.

But when the legislation is taken up by the Senate in January, passage out of committee, let alone the full body, could be an issue. Three of five senators on the Senate Agriculture committee either oppose labeling or question its usefulness.

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Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees

These nominees will be honored on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, during the luncheon at the Champlain Valley Exposition.

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New Shipping Law for VT Breweries

A newly signed bill allows Vermont breweries to ship beer within Vermont and to out-of-state customers, and VT Brewer's Festival-goers are excited about it.

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Vermont's Women Brewers

Vermont's brewers are primarily men, but there are a few noteworthy women in the field, too.

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Vermont Winery for Sale

Established Vermont winery available with or without real estate.

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Vermont Farm Viability Program Offering Grants For Food Safety Infrastructure Projects and Businesses

The Vermont Farm Viability Program is providing grants of up to $20,000 to assist agricultural infrastructure businesses in Vermont with the implementation of food safety investments.

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Rainfall and Flooding Roundup

A very rainy 2013 has impacted communities and ecosystems throughout Vermont. May and June were the wettest two-month combo on record. Here are a few resources to learn more about how all of this water has impacted Vermont's food system.

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Vermont's Foster Brothers Farm Featured in GreenBiz.com

Bob Foster reflects on the development of the Vital Capital Index, a tool to help dairy farmers identify opportunities for improving agricultural stewardship and to communicate their stewardship to their stakeholders and supply chain.

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Vermont Farm-to-Institution Examples Featured in Small Farms Quarterly

School, hospitals, colleges, government agencies, and corporations are demanding food grown and produced in New England. Farmers interested in selling to hospitals, schools, and other organizations are following the food supply chain by connecting first with local or nearby food hubs to better assess supply and demand.

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VHCB Invests $5.1 Million to Protect and Conserve Farmland Across Vermont

Conservation investments by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board include $4.2 million of state and federal funding that will conserve 2,100 acres of farmland on 19 farms in Franklin, Chittenden, Addison, Washington, Lamoille, Rutland, Grand Isle and Essex Counties.

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