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Connecting to Ag

You’ve probably heard at some point a statement similar to the following:
“Less than 2% of the population is directly involved in agriculture” or “a very small percentage of the population has a direct tie to agriculture.”  These are common statements when discussing the importance of agriculture and agricultural education.  In the last week or so however, I have read a statement in two different articles that made me pause…the majority of people in rural areas are 2-3 generations removed from the farm.
 
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Farming Methods - Crop Rotation

I love this time of year, especially when we have been fortunate to have the amount of rain that we have received so far this spring (my husband has more mixed feelings about the rain – it has made making hay very difficult, but the pastures and crop ground is looking pretty good).  I love all of the green – the green pastures providing plenty of feed for livestock (translation – no more winter feeding!!), the trees with their full canopies, the flowers in full bloom, and the life I see all around – especially in the newly planted crop fields.  Do you live near or drive by some of those fields on a regular basis?  Have you noticed the little green shoots starting to come up?  Do they look different than last years?  Wondering why?
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Reflections on International Dairy Federation World Summit

“The compulsory compliance of Dutch dairy farmers to the ANCA model provides an important lesson to  American agriculture.”  
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Farming Methods - Rotational Grazing

Spring is here, and it actually feels like spring today!  With the few warm days that we’ve had recently, it also starting to look like spring…some of the early flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to show buds, and the grass is starting to green up – and much to my husband’s dismay, grow as well!  That grass is oh so important to livestock producers who have been feeding hay all winter; it signifies that the grazing season is not far away.  Pastures are an important tool for anyone who grows livestock and, properly managed, can do an incredible job at providing nutrients.  As a part of our “farming methods” series, we’d like to share a little bit about rotational grazing and some of the benefits and advantages of this farming method.
 
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Farming Methods - Cover Crops

I know it is not technically spring yet, although you would have a hard time proving that with the weather we had in Virginia this past weekend.  This is the time of year though when you can just see spring trying to break through.  In many places, as you drive past fields that have been brown and covered with crop residue for most of the winter, there is now green peeking through.  While the warmer than normal temperatures do have some impact on this, for many of those fields that green would be showing about now anyway, thanks to cover crops.
 
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