Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. -
The price of milk could triple by next year if Congress doesn't get the Farm Bill passed.
That could really hurt Vermont's biggest money makers... dairy farmers... by putting milk at eight dollars a gallon!
Would you boycott milk if it got to eight dollars a gallon? Well, the Agency of Agriculture says it could happen. I talked with local farmers who are doing their best to keep that from happening.
At the Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier, seven hundred cows are milked three times a day.
"We ship about 30 million pounds of milk a year," Fairmont Farm Owner Richard Hall said.
Vermont's dairy business is strong, but with uncertainty looming around the unpassed Farm Bill, the price of milk could skyrocket to eight dollars a gallon!
"A shock like that to retail prices may turn people off from drinking milk, they may just say forget it," Diane Bothfeld said from the Agency of Agriculture.
If the Farm Bill doesn't pass by January first, we'll revert back to an archaic cost basis formula from the 1940's that would really hurt farmers and consumers.
"I bet the folks at USDA are dusting off the books to remember how to do this," Bothfeld said.
The Farm Bill expires at the end of this year and isn't even on the table yet.
"It's very concerning to farmers, it doesn't give them any kind of certainty on what to do for next year," Bothfeld said.
So even though Hall says that eight dollars a gallon will probably never happen, he does think that prices have a good chance of going up, but even if they do, they're likely to go back down.
"I think food costs are going to be higher this year because of the drought," Hall said.
The bill also provides a safety net for farmers. If unpassed, they wouldn't get help from the federal government program that pays dairy farmers when milk prices fall below a certain level.
The Farm Bill also includes programs like three squares, Vermont's food stamp program, so there's a lot of pressure on law makers to keep the country from falling off the so called fiscal cliff, and then moving on to the Farm Bill.
$8 For a Gallon of Milk? It Could Happen if Farm Bill Doesn't PassMore>>