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Challenges lie ahead for Vermont, new report warns

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2009-02-04

Vermont takes pride in its dairy farms and a population that rates high in national health rankings.

And that could be a problem, the Council on the Future of Vermont warns.

The nonpartisan study group has released a new report, "Vermont in Transition: A Summary of Social, Economic and Environmental Trends," that shows the state's lack of diversity may threaten its growth. (Read the report here: http://vtrural.org/programs/policy-councils/future-of-vermont/st-michaels-research-report-vermont-transition

With dairy totaling nearly 80 percent of Vermont agricultural sales, for example, "no other state has a single commodity that accounts for such a high percentage," says the report written by the Center for Social Science Research at Saint Michael's College in Colchester.

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