2XT: US Farm Bill Allows Twice the Soil Erosion That is Sustainable

The story of 2XT and Allan Bocock Allan Bocock was a grain farmer in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. He planted over 1,000 acres of annual crops each year including corn, soybeans, wheat and barley. I met Allan in the late 80’s when I moved to the Shenandoah Valley as a District Conservationist for the Soil Conservation […]

Contour Farming: One of the Simplest & Most Effective BMPs (JMU Students)

In our quest to profit from the land and feed a hungry planet with annual crops such as corn and soybeans, we have abandoned one of the most powerful conservation practices known to science – contour farming. Used since ancient times to slow the flow of water across the land to make it soak into […]

Contour Farming: One of the Simplest and Most Effective BMPs

In our quest to profit from the land and feed a hungry planet with annual crops such as corn and soybeans, we have abandoned one of the most powerful conservation practices known to science – contour farming. Used since ancient times to slow the flow of water across the land to make it soak into […]

The Queen Bean, Tofu & Dead Zones (JMU Students)

Tofu. That’s what most people think soybeans are grown for. But most soybeans in the U.S. are grown for oil and livestock feed. It’s big business. America is the world’s largest producer and exporter of soybeans with almost 75 million acres planted annually. It is second only to corn, planted on roughly 84 million acres. […]

The Queen Bean, Tofu and Dead Zones

Tofu. That’s what most people think soybeans are grown for. But most soybeans in the U.S. are grown for oil and livestock feed. It’s big business. America is the world’s largest producer and exporter of soybeans with almost 75 million acres planted annually. It is second only to corn, planted on roughly 84 million acres. […]

Baled Corn Stalks: Symbol of Agricultural Waste and Poverty

I drove onto a farm in Northern Virginia this week and noticed a row of baled up corn stalks.  That’s a red flag for me…I have learned over the past 30 some years as a conservationist that when I am on a farm and see rolled up – baled, corn stalks, I almost always see […]