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...
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...
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...
Two events were held in the Shenandoah Valley for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. One on David Surratt's farm in Fishersville, VA and another on Jeanne Hoffman's farm in Swoope. Both venues are in the Middle River watershed. Surratt Farm Event Mr. Surratt and his family excluded their cattle from five...
Virginia Wildlife magazine published my article "Poague Run: Restoring Trout, Restoring Hope" in the 2016 March/April edition. It's the story about the people that restored a 3,000-acre watershed. More information about Virginia’s premier wildlife magazine and to subscribe, check them out at www.dgif.virginia.gov/virginia-wildlife. It's happening. Throughout the 64,000 square miles...
Middle River flows through our land. Brook Trout, Virginia's state fish, used to thrive in it. They migrated or died long ago, environmental refugees from the sediment-laden waters of the river. The river is slowly being restored and one day, we will re-introduce this native fish to the waters that flow...
The environmental world got a boost last week when the Vatican released the Pope's Encyclical on climate change. So now we have science and religion on the same side; no big-bang theory v. evolution on this issue. Who can deny climate change now? Here's a link to a youtube trailer...
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Maryland: The newly elected republican governor, Larry Hogan repealed the Maryland Department of Agriculture's "Phosphorus Management Tool".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...
Virginia Wildlife Magazine published my article "Fish Need Leaves" in their Jan/Feb 2015 issue. More information about Virginia's premier wildlife magazine can be found here: www.dgif.virginia.gov/virginia.wildlife Excluding livestock from streams is a first big step for agriculture in restoring water resources and complying with the law that the US Congress passed...
“Bobby and Jeanne show us how agriculture and conservation can work together, just as the couple’s remarkable marriage does. This book is about their journey together on the farm to produce healthy livestock and clean water.
This book gives us a blueprint not only for the restoration of the Bay and the waters of the United States but also for the family farm.”
Will BakerPresident, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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