Oregon Dairy wins again

CM-MR-1-OREGON-DAIRY-GROUP1by Steve Wagner

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced the winners of the 4th annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on May 7, 2015, at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for practices large and small that not only focus on the environment, but add up to promote the health and well-being of consumers, communities, cows, employees, the planet and business. [Read more…]

The Egg and I

by George Looby, DVM

To East Coast readers, some of the issues that surface on the other coast are occasionally viewed with a mixture of amusement and concern and so it is with the housing requirements that California voters mandated for the laying hens living in their state and beyond. [Read more…]

Drone use in agriculture

CM-MR-3-DRONE-USE-1141191by Bill and Mary Weaver

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are seen by many as a new, transformative tool used in precision agriculture. The UAVs potential lies in the ability to quickly capture snapshots of information needed by farmers to help assess and manage current agronomic conditions. A UAV can quickly scout large sections of field to help identify and pinpoint such things as nitrogen stress, early signs of insect damage, disease and water stress. [Read more…]

Moutoux Orchard branches out to a full-diet, year-round CSA

CM-MR-1-MOUTOUX-1a1by Karl H. Kazaks

PURCELLVILLE, VA — Moutoux Orchard has undergone a lot of change in the last decade. In 2005, the orchard pulled up stakes from its original location near Tysons Corner, moving its operation, barn and all, to what had previously been a companion orchard here in Loudon County. Just as dramatically, the family operation has also transformed itself from a commercial orchard into a full-diet, year-round CSA. This process took place in a number of stages. [Read more…]

Grazing dairy saves money and time

CM-MR-2-HOLTERHOLM_55061by Sally Colby

Grazing isn’t the easy way out, but it was the ideal way for one Maryland family to honor the long history of their family who worked the farm in Jefferson, MD.

Adam Holter, sixth generation farmer on Holterholm Farm in partnership with his father Ron, says the farm was purchased 1889 in a bankruptcy sale. The land hadn’t been well cared for, so the Holters started the process of rejuvenating the property. [Read more…]