At last, farmers and foresters might have a seat at the carbon market table. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and the House of the United States Congress to help farmers and foresters receive credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing soil organic matter—carbon. Note: The...
While we often hear of new technology to address climate change, it is important to remember that farmers have been keeping carbon out of the atmosphere for countless generations. In what is sometimes called “carbon farming,” carbon dioxide is captured by plants and stored in the soil. Trees turn carbon...
Shandong Tranlin, a Chinese company, wants to buy crop residues to make paper products. Farmers may be selling the most important ingredient for soil health to Shandong Tranlin. Shandong Tranlin, a multi-national, Chinese company, operates as Vastly in the US. They are building a $2 billion paper making plant in...
Sandusky, Ohio and Chesapeake Lessons: It was dark as I drove into the roller coaster capital of the world - Cedar Point amusement park on the shores of Lake Erie. There were life-size mummies, monsters, goblins and witches all over the place. There was one Frankenstein looking monster with...
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...
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...
Maryland: The newly elected republican governor, Larry Hogan repealed the Maryland Department of Agriculture's "Phosphorus Management Tool". Read my rant here. This trashes decades of phosphorus research and will further pollute the streams in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. It basically allows farmers to continue applying poultry manure to fields...
This is an OPED piece I wrote for the Bay Journal News Service which was published on 8/19/2014. I have added photos and links. Here's a link to the Downstream Project's Amy Matthews Amos blog about it. Surviving a heart attack is a huge wake-up call that usually warrants a...
Wow! That’s what I have to say about the 2014 Choose Clean Water Coalition Conference held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia last week. Nearly two-hundred leaders from every non-profit organization with a mission for cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed were in attendance including the National...
“Well-managed” farmland and other working "open-spaces" should not be taxed when they provide ecosystem services exceeding the cost of public services for the land. In many states including Virginia, local governments have a special way of collecting revenue from their constituents that have farmland or “open-space” called “land-use” taxation. It’s a...
“If you want to understand the perspective of a dedicated cattle farmer, educated ecologist, and water-quality specialist, this is the book for you!
Turn these pages and feel the frost on your nose in winter, hear quail calling in the spring, taste a homegrown tomato in the summer, and watch Monarch butterflies fuel up on nectar in the fall. . . . truly spectacular stuff!”
George Ohrstrom IIFounder, The Downstream Project
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