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Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross. Photo: Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross. Photo: Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Vt. ag secretary says dairy outlook upbeat

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says he's optimistic about the future of the state's dairy farmers.

Speaking Tuesday at the 15th annual Vermont Dairy Producers Conference in South Burlington, Ross said the forecast for milk prices is to remain high and the state has doubled the number of milk processors since 2008.  Go to full article

Aubertine says farmworker bill could pass, with changes

The New York State Senate is considering a controversial measure that would give more legal rights to New York farm workers. The bill would allow farm laborers to unionize more easily. It would also guarantee workers at least one day of rest each week and provide for overtime pay.

The bill has strong backing from a variety of labor, immigrant and religious groups, including New York's State Catholic Conference. But the bill is broadly panned in upstate agricultural areas. It's vehemently opposed by the New York Farm Bureau, which says it would quote --cripple -- New York agriculture. Upstate lawmakers from both parties are against it.

Opposition in the state Senate is led by Darrel Aubertine, a Democrat from a long line of Jefferson County dairy farmers. He made his case yesterday on The Capitol Pressroom, a daily program produced by public radio station WCNY. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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