MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont farmers say they need to prepare more for extreme weather and flooding.
Farmers met at Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont conference that wrapped up Monday at the University of Vermont.
Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1hs3HtY) they discussed changes in crops and farm practices.
John Hayden of The Farm Between in Jeffersonville says he had to change his planting habits after flooding in 2011. Hayden says he used to grow corn, pumpkins and beans but now grows perennial fruit trees and bushes that thrive in wetter conditions.
UVM farming and climate change program coordinator Joshua Faulkner says farmers need to determine "long term" plans for dealing with climate impacts, even though it can be difficult for them to take time away from day-to-day operations.
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