Manuresheds

We’ve all heard the term “watersheds.” We use it to describe a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers. It helps us think about all the resources in one place and how they are distributed.

Now, scientists are using that same concept to look …

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Scaling up pasture meat

Raising animals outdoors on deep-rooted, perennial pastures can have significant benefits for the environment, animal welfare, and human health.

Yet, today, pastured meat remains a niche market. It’s estimated that less than 5% of the 32 million beef cattle, 5% of the 121 million hogs, and 0.01% of …

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Conservation dairy farming

If the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, the state may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for the Chesapeake Bay, according to researchers.

That is the conclusion of a novel assessment of the simulated effects of implementing a conservation …

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Grassfed Beef Value Chain Research

This PDF file accompanies the special report at the 2018 Annual Meeting, given by Allen Matthews, Director and Instructor of Sustainable Agriculture, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, on Grass Fed Beef Value Chain Marketing.

This research was undertaken to update Vermont on the market for grass-fed, grass-finished Vermont beef. The study …

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Pastured Livestock in the Food System

PASA has been investigating the role of pastured livestock in the regional food system.

Can farmers realistically scale-up pastured production to become a bigger, more mainstream part of our food system? This is a complex problem, involving daunting challenges in production, marketing, and distribution. As a starting point, it’s …

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