Virginia Tech’s Shenandoah Valley Ag Research Station hosts field day

CM-MR-2-VT-SHEN-VALLEY-AG_1b1 by Karl H. Kazaks

RAPHINE, VA – Nearly 200 people attended the 2015 field day at Virginia Tech’s Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center (AREC) at McCormick Farm recently. During the afternoon event, which culminated with dinner, researchers from throughout Virginia Tech and Virginia Extension’s broad team of scientists and researchers spoke about progress in their fields of study. [Read more…]

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…]