Vermont farmers struggle for survival

State officials have asked Washington for emergency relief. They hope that the Obama Administration will buy time for farmers before more structural changes are made in the federal farm support system.

Dairy farmers concerned about future

About 300 farmers and their supporters packed the House chamber this week to testify about the future of farming in Vermont. Many had a simple message. They said small, diversified farms are the future. And they argued that the state needs to help farmers sell directly to consumers.

Morning Newscast: September 24, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Senator Bernie Sanders says his proposal for a new surtax on the wealthy to pay for a bailout of the financial services industry is drawing support; Economic trends have begun to move in the wrong direction for Vermont dairy farmers; Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie formally kicked off his third re-election campaign…