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…]

On the 21st century farm, authentic horsepower can fill a need

CEW-MR-3-Iron-Hoof31by Pat Malin

LEE CENTER, NY — As a schoolboy, David Steinbach relished studying American history and life in rural New York State.

Then in the 1990s, armed with an engineering degree from Virginia Tech University, he entered the business world. Unfortunately, it meant leaving behind his passions. In 2006, after a frustrating spell sitting behind a desk, he made an abrupt about face. [Read more…]

Creating an added-value dairy

CM-MR-2-SIMPLY-NATURAL_05861by Sally Colby

Neil Moye and his brother David had been raising crops and livestock in Greene County, North Carolina for close to 30 years, but they hadn’t tried dairy farming. A couple of Jersey cows changed that.“We had a little two-stanchion barn and my boys did the milking with a bucket milker,” said Neil.“We did that for several years and as the boys started to get older, they continued their interest in dairy farming.” [Read more…]