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Farm bill passes U.S. Senate

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copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar The federal farm bill passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday, 68 to 32. The bill includes a key provision for dairy farmers, called a Margin Protection Plan.  Similar to crop insurance, it allows farmers to... More »

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Hungry Vermonters face cuts in aid

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Years ago, Kim Arel found herself in a tough spot.  She had two young children to feed, and for a brief time the only way to swing that was to visit a food shelf.  “I was surprised to see other people there that I didn’t think I would,” she said in a recent in... More »

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House votes down farm bill

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by Bethany M. Dunbar WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives has rejected the five-year farm bill, 234 to 195. Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont was among the no votes. Mr. Welch supported the bill as it was passed by the House Agriculture Commit... More »