Calendar of Events, Contacts, Newsletters, and Other Resources

Calendar of Events

Calendar of upcoming grazing-related events throughout the Chesapeake region – pasture walks, Grazing Schools, conferences, field days, etc.

Steering Committee

Name Affliliation
Matt Booher Virginia Cooperative Extension
J.B. Daniel Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia
Franklin Egan Pennsylvania Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
John Fike (alt) Virginia Cooperative Extension
Jacob Gilley American Farmland Trust
Amanda Grev University of Maryland Extension
Michael Heller* Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland
Alston Horn (alt) Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia
Jarrod Miller University of Delaware
Susan Parry Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania
Susan Richards Pennsylvania Capital Resource Conservation & Development
Caroline Selle Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Jeff Semler** University of Maryland Extension
Carl Stafford Virginia Cooperative Extension
Isaac Wolford Natural Resources Conservation Service, West Virginia

**Steering Committee Chair | *Steering Committee Co-chair


Bay Friendly Farming: The Benefits of Stockpiling Fescue

When grazing cattle, stockpiling grasses like tall fescue has benefits for the farm and leads to cleaner water. CBF's Alston Horn discusses the practice with Bobby Drumheller of Bellevue Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

How to Successfully Fence Cattle Out of a Stream and Create a Forested Buffer

Preventing cattle from moving through streams can dramatically lower bacteria levels in a stream and improve overall health of waterways. This video highlights the steps taken by a farmer in Staunton, Virginia who sought to fence his cattle out of the stream that runs through his property, as well as install a forested riparian buffer along the stream's banks.

Virginia Forage and Grassland Council

The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council presents a short video highlighting Ronnie Nuckols discussing his journey as a grazing demonstration cooperator over the last few years.

In this video, "A Step by Step Approach to Building Pasture Productivity and Soil Health," Ronnie explains where he started, the challenge to change, how he transitioned to grazing management, and how he uses different forages along with grazing techniques to accomplish his production goals while building soil health.

Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition

The Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition collaborated with Capital RC&D and graziers throughout Pennsylvania, to produce four videos highlighting important topics within the grazing community.


Graziers Grapevine

Podcast from the Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition.


Project Summary: Promoting Rotational Grazing in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Quantifying the Environmental Benefits

This report summarizes findings from a USDA grant-funded project that estimated the greenhouse gas, soil health and water quality benefits of converting to rotational grazing systems.

Application of ADOPT (Adoption & Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool) to Identify Factors Influencing Adoption of Rotational Grazing

ADOPT is a tool developed by social scientists in Australia designed to provide insights to the importance of various factors influencing the adoption of a particular agricultural practice. CBF held three workshops (one each in MD, VA and PA) to run ADOPT. Workshop participants were local experts e.g., staff from local soil conservation districts, extension, and/or NRCS that work with producers on grazing. The reports contain a summary of the workshop results and recommendations that, if implemented, could lead to greater adoption.


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