Why are Vermont’s postcard-perfect farmers one broken leg away from having to sell their cows?
In March, Organic Valley announced it would take on many of the farmers dropped by Horizon and Maple Hill, which cut off another 46 farmers in New York. Those contracts began on Wednesday.
Dairy Farmers of America is tasked with ensuring its members get the highest possible price for their milk. But at the same time, its milk processing operations benefit from lower milk prices, the lawsuit argues.
A brother-and-sister duo have worked with animals since they were children, but they only had the idea of starting their own farm in May 2020. This summer, their butter will finally be ready for sale.
Advocacy organizations held rallies throughout the region on Sunday calling on the supermarket chain to join the Milk with Dignity program.
Organic dairy farmers have expressed emphatic relief in response to Organic Valley’s decision to sign on the majority of farmers Horizon Organic left behind. But costs of production remain a challenge for farmers, and officials warn against complacency.
The nationwide company announced on Tuesday that it would take 90 organic farmers in the Northeast.
The measure would mandate that contracts between utilities and contractors specify standards and responsibility for worksite cleanup, and establish that a utility is liable for incidents that cause harm during the construction of its projects.
Today’s dairy farmers are innovative, problem-solving businessmen and women who live on the land they work and are determined to leave that land better than they found it.
The purchase agreement marks the sixth offer by the Norwich Farm Foundation and would allow the Norwich Farm Creamery to stay in place.
Since the company announced it would terminate contracts with 89 organic farmers across the region, farmers have been scrambling to find new markets for their milk. The move may open more options for the farmers, according to Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts.
Thanks in part to a recalculation of how much dairy farmers have to pay for feed, small dairy farmers are eligible to apply for bigger reimbursements due to changes that U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy pushed for.
The lawsuit says the farmers are seeking damages for negligence, nuisance, trespass and consumer fraud.
Saturday's parade featured vehicles from local fire departments, a large John Deere tractor, local student athletes and even a cow draped in the stars and stripes.