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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
John Kenny of Big Train Farm in Cranston, RI uses a four-step process to prepare his fields for planting. After a cash crop is finished, his 100 Black Australorp chickens clean up any crop residue. John said his chickens love green tomatoes. [Read more…]
For the more than 1,500 estimated attendees who made the 2015 North American Manure Expo their destination July 14 or 15, the event held at a site provided by Lesher Farms, was without question one of the more ideal venues this event has enjoyed since its inception in the early 2000s. From the farm tours to dairy, beef and equine facilities to the solid an liquid manure spreading equipment field day demonstrations at the exhibit site, producers were able to get up close to the action as seen in the accompanying photos. More importantly, the weather cooperated with two days of ideal weather to attend this well-organized event. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Horses need pasture. At least one percent — and preferably 1.5 percent — of their body weight, per day, should come from pasture. One horse requires between two and three acres of pasture — or hay, for maintenance needs alone. Pasture provides a healthy diet for horses, decreasing colic and reducing the incidence of gastric ulcers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [Read more…]