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Author: Genevieve Lister

Maryland Dairy Farmers Work to Improve the Health of Estuaries

Posted by Genevieve Lister on April 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM
NRCS worked with the Hoff family to build a manure storage structure, which they use to contain manure that can be used as fertilizer when the time is best. Photo credit: Genevieve Lister.

NRCS worked with the Hoff family to build a manure storage structure, which they use to contain manure that can be used as fertilizer when the time is best. Photo credit: Genevieve Lister.

Producing high quality, nutritious milk may be a top priority for Coldsprings Farm, but it is not the farm’s only accomplishment. Nestled between the rolling acres and lush green meadows of New Windsor, Maryland, lies a showcase of a dairy farm where owners Matt and Debbie Hoff are working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to reduce runoff of nutrients and sediment, leading to cleaner water downstream.

This is especially important, as Coldsprings Farm sits amid the Monocacy watershed, which eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

At 64,000-square-miles and holding more than 150 rivers and streams, the Chesapeake Bay watershed is North America’s largest estuary. This week, NRCS marks National Estuaries Week by highlighting the stewardship of farmers like the Hoff’s, who voluntarily use conservation practices to improve water quality in estuaries downstream from their operation. Read more >>

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categories Landscape Initiatives, Environment, Farmer & Rancher Stories