by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine In 1848, during the first American gold rush, random people became obscenely rich, others died violent deaths or were left begging by the side of the road and more than 750,000 pounds of gold were taken from the California hills. Somehow, this has become a good metaphor for what’s happening with hemp in 2019. The Cannabis sativa plant — from which comes hemp and marijuana — has been around forever; there’s a reason it’s nicknamed “weed.” The Chinese used it 1,000 years ago. They cultivated some for textiles, some for its curative properties and some for its euphoric ones. In recent decades, the plant — or maybe euphoria itself — has been illegal in America.
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger Friday responded to news stories regarding Chief of Police Brandon del Pozo’s fake Twitter account with the following statement:
“On the evening of Sunday, July 28, Chief del Pozo self-reported to me that he had posted tweets from an anonymous Twitter account and that he had not been forthright with a reporter about those tweets. (See Story)
Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont, the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, announces the grand opening of the company’s expanded footprint in their hometown of Northfield. The new 66,000 square foot location is now home to Darn Tough’s sock finishing processes – washing, drying, boarding and packaging – and over 100 employees. Perhaps even more impressive, the company added the square footage without breaking ground, driving a multimillion dollar renovation of an existing 100-year-old building, the Nantanna Mill. The new Nantanna location is an extension of the brand’s original office and mill space, also in Northfield.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Safety has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who was the victim of a kidnapping and sexual assault involving suspect Everett Simpson earlier this year. The settlement was reached following mediation in August 2019 and finalized with a stipulation of dismissal that was filed December 5 and approved by a judge Thursday, December 12. Under terms of the agreement, the victim will receive $300,000, and her son will receive $100,000.
Vermont Business Magazine Researchers at the University of Vermont have teamed up with scientists around the U.S. to tackle agriculture’s grand challenge of feeding the world’s growing population while conserving natural resources and reducing its environmental footprint. Using precision agriculture tools, network analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning, the project will analyze cover cropping strategies at over 100 farms throughout the East Coast and Midwest and survey farmers and advisors across 20 states with the goals of improving profits for farmers and building more sustainable food systems.
Vermont Business Magazine At his weekly press conference Friday, Governor Phil Scott joined the community of West Windsor to celebrate the success of the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry, which opened in November 2018. This collaborative redevelopment project began after the Brownsville General Store went out of business and the property was foreclosed in 2016.
Through individual, local and state support, the Friends of the Brownsville General Store purchased and redeveloped the vacant building, recreating an economic and community hub in the village.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he’s appointed Jessica Zaleski as Caledonia County’s next state’s attorney. This appointment fills the vacancy created following Governor Scott’s selection of the former State’s Attorney Lisa Warren as a Superior Court judge. Zaleski has been serving as the county’s acting state’s attorney since October.
Robertson Paper Mill. ACCD photo.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the former site of the Robertson Paper Mill. This ceremony marked the completion of an environmental clean-up effort between local, state, federal and private partners through the state Brownfield Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA).
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment fell a bit last week after spiking the week before. After a long period of very low numbers, claims have been higher over the last several weeks and now have entered the holiday period, which typically brings with it wild swings in claims, as retailers hire and then lay off seasonal workers.
Vermont State Police On Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2019, the Vermont State Police arrested Kory Lee George, 31, of Williston on suspicion of first-degree murder, burglary and obstruction of justice connected to the July 11 shooting death of his step-father, David Auclair, in Hinesburg.
Vermont Business Magazine HR 3 would allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, set an annual out-of-pocket cap for seniors in Medicare Part D, and crack down on relentless drug price increases by pharmaceutical companies. In addition, the $500 billion that the Congressional Budget Office estimates taxpayers will save over the next ten years would be reinvested back into the Medicare program to create important new dental, hearing, and vision benefits. These benefits would improve older adults’ health and well-being and reduce future health care costs.
Vermont Business Magazine This week, Governor Phil Scott and senior state officials joined representatives from Walmart and Vermont Smoke & Cure to celebrate American jobs with a tour of the meat stick manufacturing facility. The company became a Walmart supplier after taking part in the retailer’s Open Call to U.S Manufacturers in 2017. As a result of their growing business with Walmart, Vermont Smoke & Cure has today increased its workforce by 20%. Additional support from the Vermont Departments of Labor and Economic Development allowed Vermont Smoke & Cure to invest in top-notch job training resulting in job proficiency and promotion eligibility.