Posts By Justin Stoltzfus
For the 21st century farmer, crop choices are much more than a simple sum of projected annual yields: farmers have to think about how to get the most out of their acres, and how to prevent precious topsoil from washing away. Steve Groff of Cedar Meadow Farms is involved in efforts to find sustainable alternatives that will help to conserve topsoil and precious resources over time.
Groff farms about 225 acres of land in Martic Township, part of the heavily agrarian Lancaster County area in southeast Pennsylvania.
Farmers in the state of Pennsylvania must comply with strict regulations that require them to implement responsible nutrient and soil management practices to not only protect local environments, but also the Chesapeake Bay and other sensitive ecosystems beyond the state’s borders.
To help Pennsylvania farmers meet regulatory requirements for conservation and nutrient management planning, the Penn State Cooperative Extension Land Analysis Lab in collaboration with regulators, including the PA State Department of Environmental Protection and the PA State Conservation Commission, are developing a set of online tools called PAOneStop.