Lehigh County farmer recognized for commitment to water quality

CM-RP-2-WATER-QUALITY-AWARD_0945a1State Conservation Commission, Department of Environmental Protection present clean water farm award

NEW SMITHVILLE, PA — State officials visited Lehigh County to honor a family farm for its investments to improve water quality. Joel Loch, a fourth generation dairy farmer in Weisenberg Township, received a 2015 Clean Water Farm award from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission Executive Director Karl Brown and Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner presented him with the award. They then toured the operation, viewing the best management practices firsthand. [Read more…]

Sunny Hill Farms Belgians

CM-MR-1-Sunny-Hill-Belgians98871by Bill and Mary Weaver

One of the highlights at the Main Horse Arena at Ag Progress Days 2015 was the 6-horse-hitch team of high stepping Belgians from Sunny Hill Farms in Myerstown, PA. Ken and Karen Sandoe have been showing these towering draft horses for more than 17 years. [Read more…]

Conservation planning in organic livestock systems

by Tamara Scully

Conservation planners may not be familiar with working with certified organic livestock producers, and may harbor misconceptions about organic farming. Yet conservation planning and organic livestock farming share the same foundation: to preserve natural resources and promote biodiversity. [Read more…]

Are you connected to your floodplain?

CEW-MR-2-Floodplain21by Troy Bishopp

“There are two things that interest me: The relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land,” said American author and conservationist, Aldo Leopold. Since 1992, The Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC) with its network of 19 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in New York and Pennsylvania have followed the same sentiment. [Read more…]

How to read a corn plant

CEW-MR-2-CORN-PLANT_06131by Steve Wagner

“I’d like to thank the PA Corn Growers for sponsoring my talk here today,” said Eric Rosenbaum, one of the presenters at the 2015 Farming for Success at Penn State’s Research Station in Lancaster County, PA. The corn growers association, he added, “is active within the state. We are doing a lot with education, not only to educate farmers on what we can do to increase yields and profitability, but also to educate the non-ag community on what is considered a normal farming practice, why we do the things we do, why we have big sprayers, why we have big combines, why we’re using pesticides and why we’re using GMOs.” [Read more…]