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Brothers win Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012

The Chaputs were among the first Vermont dairy farmers to install a methane digester, which captures the gas from animal waste and uses it to generate electricity. They produce enough electricity to power about 300 homes.

The brothers were honored at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., in September and will be honored again at the Vermont Dairy Industry Association banquet at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction in January.

The Green Pasture Award program began in the 1940s as a friendly wager among New England governors about whose state had the greenest pasture. Each year, a dairy farm from each New England state is honored.