Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]

Making a dream come true

CM-MR-2-H-H-HIGHLAND_68181by Sally Colby

Marjie Hartz says that life changes are inevitable and the one she most recently experienced has been one of the best. Marjie grew up on her family’s Middletown, PA dairy farm, where she enjoyed raising and showing dairy animals for 4-H, but hasn’t had cattle for many years. [Read more…]

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…]

Deciphering requirements for organic livestock feed

CEW-MR-1-Deciphering7501by Tamara Scully

Certified Organic producers must follow the Organic Feed Standards. But it’s not easy. Although guidance and resources are available, the many components of a feed ration and the various rules governing these can be difficult to decipher. Working closely with your certifier, and assuring that all rations are approved before utilizing them, are the best ways to insure that your organic certification remains valid. [Read more…]