NOC hosted annual Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

CN-MR-2-CAPITOL-HILL-DAY_3961by Sanne Kure-Jensen

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) hosted their annual fly-in for Hill Day in mid-June. The three-day fly-in schedule included an Organic Farmer Alliance planning meeting and policy coaching before legislative meetings. Nearly 40 NOC delegates from around the country met with their legislators.

Steve Etka, NOC Legislative Coordinator and Abby Youngblood, NOC Executive Director led a thorough policy briefing and orientation session. Delegates felt well prepared for their Hill Day meetings with their Senators, Representatives and/or legislative staff. [Read more…]

What’s happening next with soybeans?

CM-MR-1-SOYBEAN-FUTURE_05851by Steve Wagner

“What’s new in soybeans?” asked Monsanto’s Bryan Dillehay, the lead-off speaker at Penn State’s 2015 Farming for Success seminar. Though he lives in Missouri, Dillehay is no stranger to Penn State, having received his Masters and Ph.D in Agronomics from the University. “I don’t want to talk about things four or five years down the road, but hopefully things you’ll be able to buy this fall and plant next spring,” he said. [Read more…]

A pragmatic view of clipping pastures

CEW-MR-1-Clipping-pastures51by Troy Bishopp

Clipping is one of the top 10 topics discussed at any pasture walk. It basically surrounds the concept of dealing with out of control forage growth, getting the grass back to a vegetative state, thwarting the weed proliferation or keeping the place tidy. When it comes to the practice of clipping, bush-hogging or pruning pastures, I have waffled more than a politician. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer: Personal Injury Litigation

by Jay Girvin, Esq. Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C. Albany, NY

  1. How long does it take to litigate a personal injury lawsuit from start to finish?

While that is a perfectly fair question (and one that is frequently asked by prospective personal injury clients), it is also a very difficult question to answer — other than to note that the litigation process typically takes longer than you might think. [Read more…]

The link between biodiversity and organic agriculture

CW-MR-3-BIOD-C3C1by 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…]