What Does Spring Mean for Grass Farmers?

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Farmers growing grass to feed livestock are important stewards of land, water and many treasured Vermont viewsheds. Supporting them means supporting a healthy and thriving Vermont, and that's why the Center focuses on building relationships and providing practical and accessible information. Here are a few videos we recently shared that provide hands-on tips for farmers at the early start of the growing season - and an interesting glimpse into what a life in balance with the farmland is like for anyone who's interested.

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Climate Adaptation Fellows Program Gets Going in the Growing Season

The ultimate vision is to create a regional community in which people can ask questions of knowledgeable people engaged in the work of farming in changing climate, and bridge that gap between climate scientists and practitioners.

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Teamwork on the Farm, for the Good of the Whole Landscape

Over the project's duration, the Center team and Extension colleagues: Visited 189 farms Supported 109 conservation plans Documented 85 farms with at least one practice to the standards of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and referred 75+ farms into federal NRCS programs. This is significant because NRCS is not only a partner in this project, but also such an important source of support and guidance for farmers' on-farm practices. Developed 31 case studies to share both on-farm impacts and the context of different farming situations across the watershed.

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