GMO legislation is in Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee

CN-MR-3-GMO legislation 1by Bethany M. Dunbar

IRASBURG, VT — Farmers who don’t want to see a mandatory GMO labeling law passed in Vermont were encouraged recently to call Senator Dick Sears of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A law requiring labels on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food has passed the Vermont House and is under discussion in the Senate.

Dairy farmers at a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Orleans County Farm Bureau March 3 said they don’t see the point of banning GMOs. [Read more…]

New cover crop termination policy

CN-MR-1-New cover crop 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Cover crops are gaining popularity as a way to improve soils, drought resistance and cash crop yields. Grasses, legumes and forbs can be used as cover crops. To protect crop insurance eligibility, farmers must understand and carefully follow the NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines including the termination periods. [Read more…]

Attendance at Virgina Forage and Grassland Council winter meetings continues to grow

CM-MR-2-Attendance 1by Karl H. Kazaks

The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council held its annual series of winter meetings at four locations: Blackstone, Wytheville, Weyers Cave, and Brandy Station. The Wytheville event was even more well-attended than it had been in previous years, with over 200 people from Lebanon to Floyd present to learn about strategies for improving soil health. [Read more…]