No Till Tell All

Jun 21, 2016

Cleaning up our waterways has become a top priority for the Shumlin administration. But how realistic is that in a state so heavily dependent on the ag industry, especially dairy?

One approach that has been floated is no-till agriculture and cover cropping. Proponents say that it can enhance soil health and reduce erosion. But it can also mean a heavier reliance upon herbicides.

We speak with Kirsten Workman, an agronomy outreach specialist for the UVM Extension service, about the pros and cons of this method and on what types of farms it's more likely to succeed. We also hear from Caleb Smith, owner of Dorset Peak Jerseys in Danby, who is using no-till techniques on his farm.

Also on the program, Vermont Fish and Wildlife has announced a policy change that will once again allow anglers to wear felt-soled waders after a 5-year ban. We learn why the ban has been lifted.

This program is broadcast live on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.