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Gemelle Brion


Protecting Natural Resources on the Farm

A variety of practices are extremely effective at protecting the natural resources in agricultural production areas—practices like cover cropping, rotational grazing, wetland restoration, and riparian buffers. Rolling these practices out on farms across the country, however, can be a slow and incremental process. Farmers are busy and the installation of conservation practices requires money and specific technical assistance.

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In the Field, Without a Safety Net

Farming is a profession rife with the risk of bodily harm. Unfortunately, many farmers lack the sufficient health insurance to protect themselves and their family in the event of a medical crisis. In a world where tractors, animals, and exposure to the elements compound the potential health challenges any of us face, this means that many farmers are one injury away from financial collapse. The adoption of the Affordable Care Act has opened up new possibilities for farmers to access insurance, but despite the national mandate, many farmers remain uninsured or underinsured. Researchers at the University of Vermont are hoping to help.

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Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet with poutine


Poutine: From Rags to Riches

Poutine—that unpretentious Quebecois dish originally made of fries, cheese curds and brown gravy—has always been part of my food identity… for better or worse. What people often do not realize about poutine is how its social status has not always been so high, and that the dish has actually been used as a way to mock Quebec society.

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