Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Ten Tips To Prepare For EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

Ten Tips To Prepare For EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

Bovine Veterinarian

If you own a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), you have probably heard about EPA’s inspection and enforcement activities in Region 7. These activities are part of an increased national emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams.


Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny

Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny

New York Times

With simplicity as their credo, Amish farmers consume so little that some might consider them model environmental citizens.

“We are supposed to be stewards of the land,” said Matthew Stoltzfus, a 34-year-old dairy farmer and father of seven whose family, like many other Amish, shuns cars in favor of horse and buggy and lives without electricity. “It is our Christian duty.”


The beef about what cows eat

The beef about what cows eat

Jennifer Sygo

The National Post

Do cows get enough respect? In our increasingly eco- and health-conscious world, beef and dairy products make an easy target. After all, raising cattle requires a great deal of energy and water inputs, and yields a heavy output of methane, a greenhouse gas that is thought to contribute to climate change.


A New Composite Breed For The South

A New Composite Breed For The South

Jennifer Sharpe

Southern Livestock Standard

The Southern Balancer™ is a Gelbvieh-heat tolerant composite specifically targeted to Southern beef producers and recognized by the American Gelbvieh Association.

The American Gelbvieh Association is officially launching the Southern Balancer™ hybrid and will begin offering registration certificates and performance data in the fall of 2010.


Vilsack: Ag Needs to Come Together and Speak in a Single Voice

Vilsack: Ag Needs to Come Together and Speak in a Single Voice

Chris Clayton


Reflecting the need to get their message across, a group supporting local meat processing hauled a reconfigured semi-trailer more than 500 miles just to show it to some USDA officials at Thursday’s Rural Summit.


Country Natural Beef co-op works on sustaining Oregon cattle ranchers

Country Natural Beef co-op works on sustaining Oregon cattle ranchers

Steve Duin

The Oregonian

How curious, then, that a drive Wednesday morning to the Holiday Inn Airport has me believing again.

Waiting for me there were Doc and Connie Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef, an extraordinary ranching co-op that — in the words of Burgerville’s Alison Dennis — "has done more to close the rural/urban divide" than any entity in this state.


Farming in Culpeper isn’t for the faint of heart

Farming in Culpeper isn’t for the faint of heart

Gary Barr

Culpeper Times

At 2,000 acres, Dennis Brown has one of the largest farm operations in Culpeper County. He has one full-time employee assisting. Bill Chase’s Mt. View Farm is a somewhat modest operation, but Chase’s impact on Culpeper farming has been substantial. Both farms are a few miles from Stevensburg.