Summer deluges spell trouble for farmers

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Vermont’s rainy summer is taking a toll on farms.

Agency of Agriculture officials say all the precipitation is muddying fields, damaging crops and driving up costs for farmers.

Spokeswoman Kelly Loftus says Addison County has been particularly hard hit, with grounds so saturated that farmers can’t pasture their livestock and have to buy feed since the animals can’t graze on the soggy fields.

Farmers have also been unable to find enough dry weather to get hay in.

Eye on the Sky meteorologist Chris Bouchard says the summer of 2008 is the third-wettest on record, with over 17 inches of rain in June, July and August.

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