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Our newsletters are published quarterly or tri-annually. They feature a Focus on Agriculture by Joshua Faulkner and we highlight our soil and water conservation work, innovative practices in cover cropping and no-till, nutrient management information, grazing highlights, and research updates. These articles are focused on the Champlain Valley, but the collaborations and lessons extend beyond the reach of our program.

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Quarterly Newsletters by Date


Spring 2023 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Focus on Agriculture - Joshua Faulkner
  • Create a Clear Picture of Your Business - Cheryl Cesario 
  • New Hires and Projects from Extension - Abby Augarten & Anna Elewski


Fall 2021 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Crops Exhibit Named for Jeff Carter
  • Vermont's Climate in a Time of Change
  • Climate Resiliency in Grazing Systems
  • Fall Crop Insurance Enrollment Deadlines
  • Why I Plant Food Plots for Deer

Summer 2021 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Opportunity for Farmers to Develop Grazing Plans
  • Managing Nitrogen in Hay and Pasture Crops
  • How Much Carbon Should You Add to Your Soil?
  • Soil Health Testing Coming to a Field Near You
  • On the Wild Side
  • Addison County Fair & Field Days Crop Entry Info

Spring 2021 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Keeping the Nitrogen in Manure
  • Adaptability in Grazing Leads to Economic Returns
  • Planting Food Plots for Wildlife
  • Planting Forest Buffers for Water Quality in the Lake Champlain Basin


Fall/Winter 2020 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Winter Planning for 2021 Farm Risk Management
  • Nitrogen: An Overlooked Macronutrient
  • Transition to Grazing: Farmers Thinking Outside the Box
  • Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Farmer's Practices Make Gains Toward Meeting TMDL

Summer 2020 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Relief Programs Available for Dairy Farms
  • Cover Crops and No-Till are Net Benefit for Foster Brothers Farm
  • Improved Cattle Lanes Benefit Land and Animals
  • Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Deer Stewardship Certification Program

Spring 2020 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Grazing Funding Opportunities
  • Grassland Manure Injection: By the Numbers
  • End of Gypsum Project Leaves Us With Important Lessons and Questions
  • USDA-Authorized Flexibilities Help Producers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Notes on the Wild Side

Winter 2020 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Vermont Partner Database
  • Now Is the Time to Review and Revise Business Plans
  • Spotlight on McKenzie Brook Watershed: Elysian Fields
  • Modeling Water Quality: Watershed Research Sheds Light on Baseline Conditions


Fall 2019 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • PRF Crop Insurance
  • Time for Grant Planning?
  • Organic Matter: What's the Big Deal?
  • Grazing Planning Course Wraps Up Two-Year Grant
  • New Long-Term Watershed Research (CEAP)

Summer 2019 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture Results
  • Focusing on Effectiveness with Grass-Fed Beef
  • Vermont Farmers are Conservation Leader
  • Nutrient Mass Balance: Operating in the Green Zone?
  • Research Update: Gypsum Trials

Spring 2019 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance
  • Flexibility in Grazing Management Pays Dividend
  • Research Updates: Tile Drainage Year One Summary
  • Manure Calibration is Worth the Effort
  • Tips and Assistance For Investing in a No-Till Drill

Winter 2019 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • New Revenue Protection for Dairy Producers
  • East Creek and McKenzie Brook Highlight
  • Reducing Farm Labor and Conserving Resources
  • Grassland Manure Injection
  • Year-In-Review, Summary of Projects


Fall 2018 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Spotlight on Grazing
  • Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Information
  • Taking Cover Crops Up a Notch
  • By the Numbers: Grazing and No-Till Grain Drill
  • Gathering Progress in Local Sub-Watershed
  • First Year Tile Sampling Result

Summer 2018 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • NCIS Crop Insurance
  • Knowing Your Nutrient Mass Balance
  • Grazing at Islandacres Farm
  • Water Quality Financial Analysis
  • Putting a Public Face on the Pursuits of Farming
  • Soil Depth and Nutrient Accumulation

Spring 2018 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Managing Agricultural Risk
  • SMART Goals and Grants
  • The Things You Discover on Your Way to Discover
  • Nutrient Management is More Than Just a Plan
  • Spring Into No-Till Seeding

Winter 2018 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Should I Have Crop Insurance?
  • Financial Analysis for Producers Doing Water Quality Projects
  • Fall Pasture Walks Highlight Extended Grazing Season
  • Why Do We Care About Water Quality?
  • Winter is the Time to Focus on Record Keeping
  • Ongoing Field Research and A Look Forward

2016 & 2017

Fall 2017 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • RMA Update: "What Do I Do Now?"
  • Demonstrating Sucess: Corn Hybrid Trials
  • Grazing as a New Management Practice
  • Managing Slugs Begins in the Fall
  • Helping Farmers Adapt to a Changing Landscape

Summer 2017 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • RMA Update: Forage Seeding
  • Farm Economics and the RAPs
  • Spring Bus Tour
  • Can Rolling-Crimping Help Manage Cover Crops?
  • Expect to Apply Nitrogen Due to the Wet Weather
  • Think Spring When Planting Cover Crops
  • Upcoming Opportunity for Farmers to Develop Grazing Plans

Spring 2017 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Streamlining Programs Means Less Effort for Farmers
  • Manure Training for Applicators and Farmers
  • Grazing Charts: An Adaptable Record Keeping Tool
  • Cover Crops: From Research to Reality
  • Crop Yield and N Management in a Cover Crop/No-Till System
  • Vertical Tillage: How Does It Fit in the Tillage Continuum?

Winter 2016-2017 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • Beginning Farmer & Rancher Benefits
  • How Do We Decide When to No-Till Alfalfa?
  • Gullies - A Significant Source of Soil Loss
  • The Soil Health Equation
  • Regenerative Agriculture & the Carbon Conversation
  • Mustard Cover Crops Offer Benefits Beyond Soil Health

Fall 2016 (PDF)

In This Issue:

  • New RAP Law Comes into Effect this Fall
  • Crop Insurance Update
  • What's Your Watershed: A Look at Lake Champlain & McKenzie Brook
  • Successful No-Till Alfalfa on Clay Soils
  • Grasslands Face Troubling Times: How to Restore their Perceived Value
  • Aeration Tillage: Effects on Hay Yield & Soil Compaction
  • Legumes: Getting More Out of Your Cover Crop


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