I love the smell of hay…and putting it away for the winter. It’s a good feeling; knowing all the winter feed for the cows is ready. Jeanne is now in the throws of bush hogging the pastures with her new fifteen foot wide “bat-wing” mower. We mow the pastures to...
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...
I watched the children carry their jars with native Brook Trout fingerlings to the edge of Poague Run. They carefully stepped close to the water and tipped the jars over releasing the fish into the stream. This simple act is a conservationist's "Mount Everest". Together, we climbed the mountain....
Students! I hope you are having a great day. Earth Day is April 22nd. The first Earth Day was in 1970. It was founded by Gaylord Nelson, then Senator for the state of Wisconsin and inspired by Rachel Carson. The 70's has been described as the "Decade of the Environment"...
Why do farmers fence their livestock from ponds, streams, and wetlands? Of the hundreds of farmers I have talked to that have done it these are the top four reasons: 1. They need more water and better water distribution over the farm. 2. To improve herd health and reduce bio-security...
Deborah Huso, Free Lance Writer for the Progressive Farmer Magazine called me back in July. "I'd like to do a story on stream fencing, the Farm Bill and conservation. Do you have any farmers in mind that I could interview", she said. This was music to my ears. I didn't...
There are many definitions of riparian buffer. In this post and the video linked here, we offer the elements of a well functioning buffer and show what they look like. Riparian buffers are one of the most effective Best Management Practices to abate non-point source water pollution. The word "riparian" comes...
Let me apologize right up front to all my ethical hunter friends. Thank you for hunting. It is a true American tradition and it's needed to manage wildlife populations. Hunters also feed the hungry. But today I gnash my teeth and rub myself with ashes because of the scum...
“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...
This is a landmark case for clean water! Judge Sylvia Rambo Rules On Friday, September 13, Judge Rambo ruled in favor of a restored Chesapeake Bay. Here's the link to an article from the Associated Press. This is wonderful news for all of us working for a restored Bay and for all...
“I read every one of Bobby’s blog posts. They keep me informed on everything from their cattle farm operation to their best management practices in action. His blog always features relevant information on keeping our waters clean, our soil out of the runoff, and other environmental issues of our time.”
Logan KendleJMU ISAT 424 2012
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