Holshouser says in addition to contributing to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, no-till farming highlights the efforts of all famers to be good stewards of the land and just makes good economic sense.

“The cost savings from no-till alone are justification enough for implementing that practice. In addition, growers are finding that no tillage and high-residue cover crops are improving soil quality and making the farm more productive in the long run,” Holshouser says.

Prior to Federal involvement in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia regulatory authorities monitored the clean up efforts. Over a period of years various state farming organizations built a positive working relationship with state officials. Now that the Federal government is setting the guidelines, most farmers feel they are not getting fair credit for the money they’ve spent to contribute to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Whether or not the EPA alters its current model on the amount of farm sediment agriculture contributes to those levels in the Chesapeake Bay will have a direct impact on whether some farmers stay in business or not.

rroberson@farmpress.com