PA Farm Bureau on court decision upholding EPA’s actions in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is disappointed with the federal Third Circuit Court decision that upholds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

“We disagree with the court’s decision that seems to give EPA employees the authority to trump local land use decisions in the watershed,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. [Read more…]

The link between biodiversity and organic agriculture

by Karl H. Kazaks

NRCS recently hosted an online program on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture and how organic agriculture tends to support increased biodiversity. The event was part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

The occasion was part of the USDA’s broader effort to educate the agriculture community and the public at large about organic agriculture, with the aim to increase organic production. [Read more…]

No-till drills now available through Soil and Water Districts

CE-MR-3-No-till-drills11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Crop growers are paying attention to the success that other farmers are reporting to have with no-till farming.

In response to the growing interest, Soil and Water Districts are bringing in no-till seed drills to rent out to farms that are interested, but have not had up close experience with the process and are concerned about paying out a large sum of money for machinery that they are unfamiliar with. [Read more…]

Breeding cattle for a growing market

CE-MR-3-Marshman31by Sally Colby

Marshman Farms LLC, has come a long way since its founding in 1856. Today, sixth-generation owners David and John Marshman operate the Oxford, NY dairy farm that has garnered a following for high-quality purebred Holsteins under the name of Tiger Lily Holsteins. [Read more…]

Heavy use areas for horses

CW-MR-2-Heavy-use-paddocks63251by Sally Colby

Sacrifice lot, heavy use area, exercise lot, gravel paddock are among the names used to describe an area that is designed for horses as a component of a management system, perhaps as a component of rotational grazing or when grazing is limited. [Read more…]