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Vermont unemployment rate holds steady at 3.2 percent in June

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:23am -- katie

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 3.2 percent. This reflects no change from the revised May rate (3.2 percent). The national rate in June was 4.4 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the ninth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas at 2.3 percent (not-seasonally-adjusted). Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the seventh lowest in the country for the same time period.

2017 Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees announced

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:44am -- hannah@vermontb...

Vermont Business Magazine The Committee for the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2017.

Recipients are chosen based on their accomplishments and significant contributions to Vermont agriculture.

They are:
• Rupert and Muriel Chamberlin, former dairy farmers and well-known Jersey breeders
• Ray and Pam Allen, applegrowers and agritourism leaders
• Claude Bourbeau, former dairy farmer and leader in dairy issues

NECCA's backstage drama tumbles into the spotlight

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

by Randolph T Holhut and Jeff Potter/The Commons This was supposed to be a summer of triumph for the New England Center for Circus Arts. In the space of a week, the 10-year-old nonprofit spun into chaos after its founders, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, announced that they had been relieved of their duties as the school’s artistic directors. A public revolt by coaches and staff ensued.

Darn Tough Vermont reports double digit growth in second quarter

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont, the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, announces a 24 percent growth in the recent second quarter, year-over-year. Accounting for the impressive overall growth, Darn Tough’s individual categories – Hike, Lifestyle, Run, Work, Hunt and Kids – have all seen major increases.

State to save $550,000 in retired teachers health plan

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce today announced the successful negotiation of a contract to provide health insurance plans to retired members of the Vermont State Teachers’ Retirement System (VSTRS). This will save the State of Vermont over $550,000 in FY 2018 and provide total savings to retired teachers, over age 65, of $110,000 for grand total savings of $660,000.

Leahy includes safety net for dairy farmers in agriculture appropriations bill

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday notched key victories for Vermont as the Agriculture and Energy and Water appropriations bills cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee. Leahy’s wins include securing $499 million over 10 years to strengthen the safety network for dairy farmers, including the dairy Margin Protection Program.

2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year tree farm tour August 12

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Tree Farm Program will hold two events this August. On Saturday, August 12 from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm there will be a tour of the Stoner Family Tree Farm with David and Jenny Stoner, the 2017 Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The Stoner Family Tree Farm is a 361 acre Certified Tree Farm (VT Tree Farm #1591) in Greensboro. The event begins at 8:30 am, with a welcome at 9 am. The tours depart at 9:30 am. At 11:30 am there will be a networking around the tent, and at 12:30 pm lunch will be served around the pond. Following lunch at 1:30 pm there will be an awards ceremony and presentations.