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…]

Dreams do Come True

CN-MR-2-DREAMS-COME-TRUE-17941by Laura Rodley

In his first show, a Dales Pony, Brimstone Rob Roy, owned by John Aberth of Vermont Firefly Farm won the Overall Performance championship at the New England Connemara and Dales Show held in South Woodstock, VT mid-July. They also placed 4th in the in-hand class (conformation), 3rd in the in-hand class (fitting and showmanship), 6th in the pleasure walk-trot class, 4th in the command walk-trot class and 3rd in the pleasure walk-trot-canter class.  [Read more…]