Grafton Village Cheese Co., makers of award-winning, handcrafted Vermont cheddar cheese, announced today it will begin paying its local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are below the cost of production. The Company is working in concert with its two milk co-ops Agri-Mark and DMS, both of which have given Grafton Cheese permission to send checks directly to the farmers.Grafton Village Cheese is a major business of the Grafton, Vermont-based Windham Foundation whose mission is to promote Vermont s rural communities. All of the milk used for Grafton Cheese is from Vermont family farms, located primarily in southern and central Vermont. As a high quality Vermont cheddar cheese producer, we depend upon milk from Vermont dairy farms, and we are very concerned about the viability of our Vermont dairy farmers at a time of extremely low milk prices, said Adam Mueller, President of Grafton Village Cheese. Consequently, we are working with our milk suppliers to provide farmers in southern and central Vermont an additional premium for the milk they provide to our Grafton Village Cheese plants in Grafton and Brattleboro.Starting in April, while milk prices are below cost of production, Grafton Cheese will pay farmers an additional premium based on the butterfat, protein and somatic cell content of the milk. As the class three milk price increases the premium will decline on a sliding scale, becoming zero when milk price reaches $20/cwt.Grafton Cheese already pays significant quality premiums and handling costs for its milk to its co-ops. This new initiative is an additional premium that will be mailed directly to the farmers by Grafton Cheese.About Grafton Village CheeseThe Grafton Village Cheese Company, located in Grafton and Brattleboro, Vermont, handcrafts artisanal cheddar cheese. The company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste continue to serve as the hallmark of Grafton cheddar. As part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, much of Grafton Cheese s annual earned income funds the Foundation s charitable programs. More information on Grafton Village Cheese Company can be found online at graftonvillagecheese.com.
Share Share LocalNews Weather update:Ophelia becomes a tropical storm again by: – September 28, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Image via: amild-us-blogspot.comAt 11 am, the center of tropical storm Ophelia was located near latitude 18.7 north…longitude 59.9 west or about 240 miles north northeast of Dominica. Ophelia is moving toward the north-northwest near 3 mph…6 km/h…and this motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours. Data from an air force reserve unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph…85 km/h…with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles…140 km…mainly to the east of the center. The minimum central pressure reported by the hurricane hunter aircraft is 1002 mb…29.59 inches.Ophelia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches mainly over the northern Leeward and Windward Islands. Rainfall and thunderstorm activity is expected to continue to affect Dominica today. Residents in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise caution.Moderate to rough sea conditions are expected to affect the island as tropical storm Ophelia moves north of the Leeward Islands. Small craft operators and sea bathers especially on the northern and western coast are advised to exercise extreme caution.At 11 am, the center of tropical storm Philippe was located near latitude 16.4 north…longitude 38.8 west about 1500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Philippe is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph…19 km/h…and a general west-northwest or northwest motion is expected for the next two days. On this track, Philippe is forecast to remain over open water and away from land. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph…65 km/h…with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected and Philippe could become a tropical depression by tomorrow evening. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles…280 km from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb…29.71 inches.Forecast for Today and Tonight: Generally cloudy to overcast at times with showers and thunderstorms.Sea Conditions: Moderate to rough in open water.Warning/Advisory: Small craft operators and seabathers are advised to exercise caution.We will continue to monitor the progress of these systems and keep you updated.Dominica Meterological Service 8 Views no discussions