Vermont dairy farmer testifies before Senate Agriculture Committee on Federal Regulation of Biotechnology

CN-RP-1-BIOTECH-DAIRY_011WASHINGTON, DC — Joanna Lidback, a dairy farmer from Westmore, VT recently told a panel of Senators on Capitol Hill how important biotechnology is to her family’s farm, explaining that the efficiencies of using biotech crops help sustain the business she and her husband own.

Lidback spoke before the Senate Agriculture Committee, outlining several reasons why she supports the use of genetically-modified crops, and does not support her home state’s mandatory GMO-labeling law. [Read more…]

Transfer of Development Rights

CN-MR-1-TDR-011by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs can be powerful tools to help communities grow while preserving open spaces, protecting natural resources and maintaining farmland. There are over 200 successful TDR programs nationwide protecting greenbelts and historic sites. TDR programs can help mitigate climate change threats by preserving coastal wetlands or areas with chronic or severe flooding.

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Cumberland County 4-H honors three 50 year volunteers

CM-RP-1-VOLUNTEERS_011CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — Certainly having a volunteer who has served for 50 years is a fantastic achievement but to have three volunteers reach 50 years is exceptional. Sandy Long, Barb Rebert and Galen Smith were honored at the recent Cumberland County 4-H Achievement Night held at Highland Vue Farms, Newville. All three long time 4-H members went directly from being a member to being a leader. [Read more…]

Making connections; remembering Mike Dunn

CM-MR-2-MONTPELIER-FARMS_011by Branden Jaquays

“Mike would have been devastated if we didn’t open,” said Adrianne Dunn, as she recalled this season’s opening day at Montpelier Farms — a farm she and her late husband Mike Dunn started back in 2007. Mike Dunn, a Virginia native and Maryland farmer, unexpectedly died less than two weeks before the farm was set to open for its 8th Fall agritourism season — at the age of 46. [Read more…]

Planning begins with soil health

CEW-MR-2-Soil-health11by Tamara Scully

The USDA joined other global partners in celebrating 2015 as the International Year of the Soil. This initiative is meant to underscore the importance of soil as a living “ingredient” which is literally the building block of our lives.

Assessing your soils now, and amending them this fall, can provide the foundation for a healthy 2016 growing season. [Read more…]