GMOs: Weeding through the data

by Tamara Scully

According to the results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, weed control was rated as a top concern of 67 percent of the certified organic farmers in the United States. The primary concern, cited by 74 percent, was soil health, quality and nutrient management.

Optimizing the soil ecosystem helps to manage weeds: the two are implicitly linked. [Read more…]

NODPA holds annual Field Days

cew-mr-3-34-nodpa-field-days9783by Sally Colby

Those who traveled to Chambersburg, PA for the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance annual Field Days, held on Sept. 29 and 30 found that attending the two-day event was time well spent.

Participants had the option of touring the Trickling Springs Creamery plant prior to the first session. Trickling Springs is a relatively young company, established in 2001, and provides an outlet for organic farmers who produce clean (low somatic cell count) milk. [Read more…]

Fat Chance Farm taking a large part of a small market

cm-hr-mr-49-4-kris-morris-2382by Hope Holland

Maryland is well known for Thoroughbred racing but what many people don’t know about this small state is that it is also exceedingly well known for its show ponies.

In Maryland, there are certain farms and families who have dedicated their lives to the breeding, finding, buying and making of this pony royalty. One such family is comprised of Kris Morris and her two children, Harrison and Jacqueline, working from their Fat Chance Farm in the Bel Air area. [Read more…]

KILE 2016 – Farm City Day

Pennsylvania’s Dairy Princess Halee Wasson, who is studying ag education, takes the opportunity to educate kids of all ages and Steve Wagner
In the week preceding Farm City Day, at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE), I received an email touting the benefits of technology in agriculture. “Farmers in third world countries can then become managers of their fields instead of working all day in the fields,” it proclaimed. “Right now, 30 percent of all agricultural surfaces are used for cows. [Read more…]

Shirks introduce new genetics, expand flock of breeding ewes

cm-mr-53-3-shirks-9658by Bill and Mary Weaver

Quentin and Anita Shirk moved with their family and their breeding ewes from a smaller farm in southeastern PA to their current 100 acres in New Columbia in northern Union County in 2010. With the move, they gained plenty of space for pasture rotation; wooded sections of pastures for shade for their sheep; 3 natural water sources; and top-quality (river bottom) soil, which benefits both their pastures and their produce operation. [Read more…]