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…]

Dreams do Come True

CN-MR-2-DREAMS-COME-TRUE-17941by Laura Rodley

In his first show, a Dales Pony, Brimstone Rob Roy, owned by John Aberth of Vermont Firefly Farm won the Overall Performance championship at the New England Connemara and Dales Show held in South Woodstock, VT mid-July. They also placed 4th in the in-hand class (conformation), 3rd in the in-hand class (fitting and showmanship), 6th in the pleasure walk-trot class, 4th in the command walk-trot class and 3rd in the pleasure walk-trot-canter class.  [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…]

North American Manure Expo enjoys ideal venue

CEW-MN-MR-5-Manure-Expo1761by Jon M. Casey

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…]