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Vermont NRCS Successful Landowners

Vermont Landowners and Operators Achieve Success with NRCS

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East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vermont.

 

 

 

 

 

Small Farm is the Perfect Fit for Vermont Livestock Farmer, Gordon Waite

Gordon maintains his continually cheerful attitude because he enjoys caring for his animals’ health and welfare, despite the constant concern of coyotes, foxes, and dealing with seventeen expectant mothers. Gordon currently is looking after fifty newly hatched chickens and helping his daughter succeed in the egg business, a true family collaboration.

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Conservation Success at Cedar Hill Farm

Bristol, Vermont - Cedar Hill Farm sees efficiency benefits from protecting their natural resources with NRCS technical and financial assistance and is leaving a legacy for future generations.

Read the story of how they became the 2013 Conservation Farmer of the Year  from the Otter Creek Conservation District and view amazing before and after images.

Vermont Farmers Enhance Success with NRCS Techncial and Financial Assistance

Westford, Vermont - Over the past eight years, the Pouliots have worked diligently with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on the development of their conservation plan. The Pouliot farm’s success in resource conservation is a tribute to the concept of private landowners taking ownership of conserving natural resources.

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Farmers Help Further Water Quality Science

Williston, Vermont - Local Producers Implement New USDA Water Quality Monitoring Program. Join us for a look at the Williston Cattle Company and how their innovative management culture is helping further water quality science in the Lake Champlain Basin.

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WHIP Forestry Initiative is Helping Vermonters Rebuild Wildlife Habitat

Enosburg, Vermont - Conservation practices offered through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) New England / New York Forestry Initiative have assisted Richard Carr in improving his forest quality and enhancing the existing wildlife habitat on his property. NRCS technical assistance helped Carr formulate a strategy for achieving and maintaining his forest management goals.

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Keeping Forests Productive in the Northeast Kingdom

Troy, Vermont - David and Sylvia Hutchinson achieve conservation objectives by enrolling 150 acres in the NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) New England / New York Forestry Initiative. Conservation practices implemented on their land through this special initiative improved the functionality of their forest, and led to an increase in sightings of all types of wildlife on the property. 

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EQIP: The Bottom Line for Profits and Pastures  

The Forgues Farm in  Northern Vermont once just barely eked out a living for Travis and  Amy Forgues and their growing family.  Like other dairy farmers, their traditional confinement system, based on corn silage and alfalfa, kept their operation going but without much left over. As milk prices fell the Forgues went deeper into debt.  For over 17 years, they had struggled with their traditional dairy enterprise and then finally, had had enough.

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 EQIP Hard at Work in Vermont

Next year, the NRCS-administered Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)  contract for the East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vt will expire.  But not before the two family owned operation will become the first horse farm in Vermont to receive a Conservation Farm of the Year award.

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 Keeping the Green in Green Mountain State

The NRCS Farmland & Ranchland Program (FRPP) is going to help the Green Mountain State stay that way if more farmers follow the example of the DeVos family of Ferrisburgh, Vt.

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 Organic Gaining Ground

There is just not enough of Rock Bottom Farm's organic ice cream to go around. "It's going to be along time before supply exceeds demand", says Earl Ransom, owner of Rock bottom Farm along with his wife, Amy. 

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