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University of Vermont to host UN Biosphere Delegation

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On October 11th, representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Program (MAB) and the U.S. National Park Service will gather at the University of Vermont for the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve’s (CABR) Annual Meeting.  The meeting will focus on how to improve human interaction with protected landscapes in order to maintain social, economic and ecological integrity.

UVM Entomologists find naturally occurring fungi could help curb moose tick plague

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:10am -- katie

Cheryl Sullivan was in the woods one warm October day, flicking yet another tick from her leg, “which felt like the tenth of the day,” she says.

Lyme-disease bearing deer ticks like the ones climbing on Sullivan, a Ph.D. student in UVM’s Entomology Research Lab, were certainly causing problems for humans, she remembers thinking. But a different species – the winter tick – was an even worse scourge for one of the northern woods most iconic species, the moose, for whom the parasite was an existential threat. A 2018 study published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology found that winter ticks, also known as moose ticks, were the primary cause of an unprecedented 70 percent death rate among moose calves in northern New England over a three-year period.

“I was thinking about the work that we did at the lab, and it's like, gosh, I wonder if granular fungus would work on moose ticks,” she says, referring to the insect-killing fungi in granular formulation her colleagues had used to effectively control pests like the pear thrips, which attacks maple trees.

Vermont State Police identify victim found deceased in Salisbury

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:35am -- katie

Following the autopsy performed by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday, the Vermont State Police is able to positively identify the victim found deceased Tuesday in Salisbury as Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland. The cause of death is gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

Louras is a cousin of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, who died after exchanging gunfire with Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers Tuesday morning in downtown Rutland. The cause of death for Christopher Louras is gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

Updated guide helps farmers and businesses fund animal welfare certification

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 7:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) has released an updated guide with new funding resources for farmers and businesses interested in pursuing animal welfare certification. According to recent research, the demand for products with meaningful welfare certifications has continued to rise at a steady pace as consumers become more concerned about inhumane factory farming practices.

The Walking Sawyer: Connecting hikers with Vermont’s working forests

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 6:34am -- tim

by Christine McGowan Somewhere between the Oak trees near the Massachusetts border and the Maple trees of  Northern Vermont, Ken Gagnon earned his trail name: the walking sawyer. “You meet folks along the trail and get to talking,” said Gagnon, owner of Gagnon Lumber in Pittsford. “People were interested to learn about the species of trees and forest vegetation, or the parts of the Long Trail that were built along old woods roads. Once they began to understand how the trails and trees around them connected to Vermont’s 250-year-old logging history, they saw the forest differently.”

Scott highlights state's work to reduce injuries and workers’ comp in logging sector

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 4:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and representatives from the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday highlighted progress on the new Vermont Logger Safety and Workers' Compensation Insurance Program, including a 15% workers’ compensation premium credit.

Advanced logging safety with LEAP

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 3:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The LEAP program is hosting a follow up training course for those who have completed the Introduction to Mechanized Logging Safety course. This training will focus and review the basics for First Aid Rural environment care. The program will be done through hands on team approach training, with an emphasis on “Move or NOT Move” situations. Both courses are required for mechanized logging contractors participating in the newly created Vermont Logger Safety and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program.

F&W: Hunters needed for grouse study

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ruffed grouse is an iconic game bird of Vermont that is widely recognized and enjoyed by both hunters and non-hunters alike. However, biologists are concerned that grouse populations across the Northeast appear to have declined over the past 30 years. This trend has prompted more ruffed grouse research on any potential causes, including emerging disease threats and habitat loss. Recently, West Nile Virus has been implicated as a significant contributor to population declines in Pennsylvania.

Bristol and Gilman economic development efforts get federal boost

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Wednesday announced that two economic development projects in Addison and Essex Counties are receiving significant infusions of federal funds. Leahy – the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee -- authored a unique partnership between the Northern Border Regional Commission and the US Economic Development Administration that will result in the agencies awarding $500,000 to the Town of Bristol, and $390,130 to the Northeast Kingdom Development Corporation.

USA Today: Two Vermont craft distilleries are among the best in the nation

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four craft distilleries in New England — two in Vermont and two in Rhode Island — earned nods on the best craft distilleries in America lists, which were released Friday as part of USA Today’s 2019 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Smugg’s was seventh in the Best Craft Vodka Distillery category. Saxtons River Distillery in Brattleboro was 10th in the Best Craft Specialty Spirit Distillery category.

General Atlantic acquires majority stake in Marathon Health

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 1:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Marathon Health, a leading provider of employer health centers based in Winooski, and General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, announced on Tuesday a strategic partnership that will position Marathon to further scale its operations and footprint to serve employees, spouses, and dependents across the United States. Along with the transaction, General Atlantic became the majority owner of Marathon, while Goldman Sachs’ Private Capital Investing Division has exited its approximately three-year partnership with the company. Goldman completed a $30 million equity investment and minority position in the company in July 2016.