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Highly pathogenic avian flu detected in poultry in Tennessee worries Vermont Ag officials

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:22am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The flock of 73,500 is located within the Mississippi flyway. APHIS is working closely with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to respond to the disease and have quarantined the affected premises to prevent the spread of the disease. While not known to impact human health, this highly contagious poultry disease can be devastating to chickens and turkeys, and the farmers who depend on them for their livelihood.

USDA seeks project proposals to protect critical wetlands in Vermont

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities.

Vermont AG: IRS scam tops list of top ten scams for 2016

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 9:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has compiled and illustrated the most prevalent phone scams against Vermonters last year, from data provided by the Vermont Attorney General. Protect yourself and your loved ones, friends and neighbors from scams! Here is the list of the Top 10 Scams of 2016, as reported to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program.  

BBA announces special recognition for Vermont Air National Guard

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 4:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In recognition of their service to Chittenden county, as well as their contribution to our local economy, the Burlington Business Association (BBA) will recognize the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) at the 2017 BBA Annual Dinner. This will be the first time the BBA has included a special recognition of this nature. VTANG has been an integral part our area for 70 years and employs more than 1,000 men and women, two-thirds of this staff are part time and work in full time jobs across Vermont, New England and the nation.

Howard Center sponsors 8th annual Curling Challenge fundraiser March 11

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Folks throughout Chittenden County are getting ready to take to the ice for Howard Center’s March 11 annual Curling Challenge fundraiser, all in support of Howard Center. This year’s event features 32 teams, with several local high schools joining teams from the community, many sponsored by local businesses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Dinse Knapp McAndrew are just a few of the sponsors who have teams this year and were some of the original sponsors when the event was created in 2010.

Attorney General warns Vermonters of increased scams

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 5:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General Thomas J Donovan Jr on Thursday released new information to alert Vermonters about a dramatic increase in reported scams. The alert outlines the “Top 10 Scams” of 2016. This week, March 5-11 is National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission, Attorneys General, consumer watchdog groups and advocates are promoting various ways that consumers can take steps to protect themselves.

PC Construction wins AGC America's award for Waterbury renovation

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The redevelopment of the Waterbury State Office Complex was named as one of the most significant construction projects of 2016, the Associated General Contractors of America announced today. As a result, the project's contractor, South Burlington-based PC Construction, received the association's Alliant Build America Award for the best construction management renovation project of the year.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dunford ’77 to address Saint Michael’s graduates on May 14

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Marine Corps General Joseph F Dunford Jr, a 1977 graduate of Saint Michael’s College and the nation’s highest-ranking military officer since 2015 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the Commencement Speaker and will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters at his alma mater on Sunday, May 14, 2017, in the Ross Sports Center.

PAI: We can’t afford more giveaways to high-income Vermonters

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 2:39pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute Each year the governor and Legislature go through the handwringing exercise of closing a projected state budget gap. The projected General Fund gap for fiscal 2018 is about $70 million. As usual, much of the conversation has been about reducing spending to get the budget to balance. This year the governor wanted school districts across the state to cut their budgets; he’d use the savings not to lower property taxes but to help fill the General Fund hole.

GMP pushing value of heat pumps

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power has launched a new outreach campaign to raise awareness of the value of heat pumps to make homes more efficient and comfortable, especially with winter upon us. If you’re like many Vermonters and value the thriftiness and frugality we’re known for, a heat pump might be right for you. Yesterday it was sunny and spring-like, today it’s bitter cold and snowy. We can’t predict the weather, but we can help our customers manage the highs and lows with ease and lower their carbon use.

Gaz Metro acquires US-based Standard Solar

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gaz Metro, the Quebec-based parent company of Vermont Gas Systems and Green Mountain Power, is expanding further into the renewable energy market with the acquisition of a Maryland-based solar firm. Valener Inc. (TSX: VNR)(TSX: VNR.PR.A) announced Tuesday that Gaz Metro Limited Partnership, its main investment, has acquired, through a subsidiary, Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy firm specializing in the development, installation and financing of commercial solar electric systems across the United States. This strategic deal not only expands Gaz Metro's presence and expertise in the rapidly growing US solar energy industry, the firm said in a statement, but also opens the door to a promising approach of combining solar energy with other energy sources such as natural gas in the US.

Donation expands Dead Creek conserved property in Addison County

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 5:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A land donation has expanded the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison, one of Vermont’s premiere wildlife hotspots, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The donation by Dubois Farm Inc of Addison will expand the property by 37 acres, to bring the property to a total of 2,895 acres. Wildlife management areas are conserved lands throughout Vermont that are owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and are managed for fish and wildlife habitat and wildlife-based recreational access. Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area hosts 200 bird species, and is among the most popular destinations in Vermont for bird-watchers and waterfowl hunters.