Tag Archives: Gaen Murphree

Hemp–not marijuana–comes to rural Vermont
State News
October 18, 2017

Hemp–not marijuana–comes to rural Vermont

By Gaen Murphree

MIDDLEBURY—While lawmakers in Montpelier argue over marijuana legalization, Middlebury dairy farmers Joel Pomainville and Sam Berthiaume are readying a harvest of a cousin of marijuana — hemp — that promoters hope could be a new cash crop for Vermont farmers. “The potential…

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates
State News
July 12, 2017

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates

By Gaen Murphree

A key to finally getting federal law changed so immigrants can more easily work on Vermont’s dairy farms is getting farmers and farm advocates here to reach out to their counterparts in Republican-leaning states. That is the analysis of people familiar with…

State News
March 22, 2017

Coyote hunting in Vermont is weighed

By Gaen Murphree

Motivated by constituent outrage over unregulated coyote hunting, some Legislators are asking state wildlife officials to rethink Vermont’s open season on the canine predator. “Coyotes are important animals, not vermin to be attacked,” said Rep. Jim McCullough, D-Williston. “They’re important ‘people’ that…

State sees resurgence of birds once endangered
Local News
December 14, 2016

State sees resurgence of birds once endangered

By Gaen Murphree

If you heard a loon’s wild cry, were lucky enough to spot a bald eagle nest or watched a peregrine falcon on the wing this past summer, you shared in the continued resurgence of three of the state’s most charismatic winged species….

Local News
December 1, 2016

Disease claims thousands of turkeys

By Gaen Murphree ORWELL—Hail, flood, drought, plagues of locusts—since ancient times farming has been one of the riskiest of human endeavors. And it still is. Just ask Orwell turkey farmer Peter Stone, who faced devastating losses just as Turkey Day approached. An outbreak of what’s…

Bobolinks losing ground to solar
Local News
November 5, 2015

Bobolinks losing ground to solar

ANR policy could balance wildlife, renewable energy

By Gaen Murphree

The bobolinks that nested in Vermont hayfields and grasslands this past summer are already winging their way toward winter homes in Argentina and Brazil. Environmentalists warn that when the birds return next spring some of…