Grazing for a unique market

CN-MR-2-BENEDIKT-FARM_49711by Sally Colby

It’s hard to start a farm from scratch, but it’s possible for those who have ideas, determination and help from seasoned professionals.

Max Blindow is one farmer who went that route. He became interested in farming in his native Germany and worked on several farms before coming to the United States in 2009. [Read more…]

Best of the Fest and the World

CN-MR-1-JASPER-HILL-CHEESE_011by Laura Rodley

Jasper Hill Farm produces almost 1 million pounds a cheese a year, over their whole collection: 995,000 pounds to be exact. They were just named Best of the Fest for Harbison at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, the people’s choice, determined by people who attend the festival. [Read more…]

Making a dream come true

CM-MR-2-H-H-HIGHLAND_68181by Sally Colby

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…]

PA Farm Bureau on court decision upholding EPA’s actions in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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…]

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…]