December 2018

For Farmers, By Farmers: Bobwhite Blog Piques Producer Interest across Country

As we develop content for, we continuously ask ourselves: “How will this information help a farmer?” We share stories about farmers, ranchers, and forest managers who are using USDA programs to improve their operations. We also share information on some of our key efforts – and how a producer can help northern bobwhite and livestock at the same time. 

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Pining for the Holidays

In this week's #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet Scott Powell and Christopher Maciborski, evergreen farmers in northern Michigan. The brothers-in-law, and their families, cultivate holiday cheer at Dutchman Tree Farms by providing cut Christmas trees and wreaths for families across the country. 

“We’re thinking about Christmas 365 days a year. I love it,” said Christopher. “The only one who would have a better job is Santa Claus.”

Northern Bobwhite Quail: Restoring a Species

In the last 50 years, populations of the northern bobwhite quail have decreased by 85 percent in the United States. Loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat on a continental scale has largely silenced the iconic species across rural America. 

Tall Timbers – through its research and land management – as well as a network of conservation partners are working together to help this species rebound.  

Faces of Vermont Agriculture: New Video Series

I have farmed with my husband, Sam Burr, since 1979. We started with dairy, first milking registered Jerseys, and over the years, we’ve diversified our operation to include certified-organic berries, vegetables, and hay on our beautiful 285-acre farm, Last Resort, in Monkton, Vermont. We have also raised three children on this farm, which we call home.

Grow and Tell: Save Time and Money with No-Till

Saving soil isn't the only reason Trey Hill practices no-till – it also saves money.

Trey raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on his family farm in Rock Hall, Maryland. No-till allows him to cut time spent in-field each year, reducing both his operating costs and wear and tear on his equipment. No-till also reduces erosion across Trey’s operation, holding valuable soil in place and minimizing runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.