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This Winter's Hot Fashion: Parkas Stuffed with Vermont Weeds

The outreach work of UVM Extension’s Heather Darby, who has worked with Vermont farmers to promote milkweed as a crop, is featured in a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The story is the “A-Hed,” the humor feature the Journal publishes every day. Although farmers have long battled milkweed, a nuisance that threatens livestock and other crops, new uses for the plant has turned it into a lucrative commodity. Read the story.