For various reasons, most of us have extra unused pesticides stored somewhere on the farm.  Perhaps we bought some extra one time and then decided to use something else - maybe we forgot about some that has been sitting on the shelf and it has been exposed to adverse weather conditions that now make the pesticide unusable.  Sometimes, Grandpa or Dad left some pesticide on the shelf, and we inherited the pesticide.  The good news is that there is an outstanding program in Virginia to clean up the mess!

Below is a link to a brochure that describes various pesticide cleanup days that will be held around Virginia during September and October 2016.  Take the time to clean up those unused pesticides on your farm - An ounce of prevention can prevent a serious mess down the road!  Don't let that adorable new puppy you just got wander into a mess because of their natural curiosity at a young age.  Don't let your kids or grandkids suffer a needless trip to the hospital because they consumed a poisonous pesticide when you weren't around.  Reduce your liability on the farm.  Take advantage of this outstanding program with no questions asked!

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Augusta Cooperative names Mountain Hollow Dairy of Harrisonburg, VA an 'Outstanding Dairy'.

Mountain Hollow Dairy, owned by the Wenger family, was honored with one of four Augusta Cooperative 'Outstanding Dairy' Awards during June Dairy Month 2016.  This award is presented to dairy operations who demonstrate a commitment to the Virginia dairy industry, outstanding stewardship to the land, and maintaining superior animal health practices.

Purchased by Eldon Wenger, the farm was converted into a 60 Holstein cow dairy operation in the mid 1990's.  Since then, the operation has expanded to over 100 cows.  Eldon's son, Gerald and Raymond are now part of the operation.  In addition to the dairy, the Wenger family owns a poultry and row crop operation.

Mountain Hollow Dairy is in the business of producing high quality milk while maintaining superior cow comfort through traditional technologies.  Outstanding genetics, superior rations and feed efficiency remain at the forefront for the dairy and their success.  They have worked to perfect these principles with their collaboration over the years.  Diversification to their operation has also allowed the second generation to maintain involvement on the farm.

"The Wengers are a testament to the success of traditional dairying.  Proving that the basics of nutrition, cow comfort and proper management not only leads to profitability but overall stability of a dairy operation" said Daniel Phillips, Assistant General Manager of Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc.  "Mountain Hollow Dairy is a provider of milk to one of the region's largest milk cooperatives, the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative.  Augusta Cooperative is proud to service the Wenger family.  On behalf of Augusta Cooperative, in celebration of June Dairy Month, we want to extend a special thank you to the Wenger family for their dedication to the dairy industry and for providing our country with quality milk each and every day."

Rilara signRilara Holsteins, owned by Riley & Barbara Wagner of Bridgewater, VA was recognized by the Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc. as an 'Outstanding Dairy' during June Dairy Month 2016.

Rilara Holsteins operates an 80 cow registered Holstein dairy and row crop operation managed by Riley, Barbara, their son Kirk and hired hands, Cody and Carlos.  With over 55 years in the dairy business, the Wagner family has bred and raised over 130 'Excellent' cows, a prestigious rRilara cowating that the Holstein Association, USA considers to be the top ranking genetic score.  In addition, for the 100th anniversary of the Virginia Holstein Association, the Wagners were honored in the 'Cows of the Century Contest'.  Twenty-six registered Holsteins bred by Virginia breeders were nominated, only seven were honored.  'Rilara Mars Las Ravena' was one of the seven.

The Wagners were also recognized as a Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Gold Standard Dairy in 2012.  DFA's Gold Standard Dairy Program, one of the first in the industry, is an on-farm best practices evaluation program that assesses operations in the areas of animal care and wellness, environmental stewardship, employee training and milk safety and quality.  The program assesses, analyzes and provides feedback regarding on-farm practices, encourages continuous improvement and recognizes achievements.

On the farm, the Wagner family continues to implement traditional technologies in their operation.  Outstanding genetics, superior rations, cow comfort and feed efficiency remain at the forefront for the dairy and their success.  They have worked to perfect these principles with their collaboration over the years.

Off the farm, the family is active with many community events and trade industry associations, such as the Virginia Holstein Association.  Barbara currently is the chair for this year's 100th Virginia Holstein Association Anniversary Committee.  The Wagners are honored to be part of the association and have an active role in the festivities this year.

Wagner picture"The Wagners are a testament to the success of traditional dairying.  Proving that the basics of excellent nutrition, cow comfort and proper management not only leads to profitability but overall stability of a dairy operation.  Not only successful farmers and conservationists, they are also dedicated to investing in people, trade associations and the agricultural community," said Daniel Phillips, Assistant General Manager of Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc.  "Rilara Holsteins is a provider of milk to one of the nation's largest milk cooperatives, the Dairy Farmers of America.  Augusta Cooperative is proud to service Rilara Holsteins.  On behalf of Augusta Cooperative, in celebration of June Dairy Month, we want to extend a special thank you to the Wagner family for their dedication to the dairy industry and for providing our country with quality milk each and every day."

Augusta Cooperative names Noel Farms of Dayton, VA an 'Outstanding Dairy'

Noel Farms, owned by Elvin, Norwood and Mike Shank of Dayton, VA was recognized by the Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc. as an 'Outstanding Dairy' during June Dairy Month 2016.

Noel Farms operates an 80 cow Holstein dairy and roNoel Farmsw crop operation.  In addition, the family also raises turkeys for Cargill.  Started by the Shank family, the dairy has been under the same family ownership since 1978.  Currently, there are multiple generations of family members active or residing on the farm.  They continue to take proactive steps to ensure the farm will be secure for future generations.

Today, the Shank family continues to implement traditional technologies in their operation.  Superior rations, cow comfort and feed efficiency remain at the forefront for the dairy and their success.

Noel Farms is a provider of milk to one of the nation's largest milk cooperatives, the Dairy Farmers of America.  Averaging over 70 pounds of milk/cow/day, the Shanks are proud to provide safe, wholesome milk to America's milk supply chain.

"The Shanks live and breathe agriculture.  We are recognizing them because they are a testament to the success of traditional dairying.  Proving that the basics of nutrition, cow comfort and proper management not only leads to profitability but overall stability of a dairy operation.  Not only successful farmers and conservationists, they are also dedicated to investing in people and the agriculture community," said Daniel Phillips, Assistant General Manager of Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc.  "Augusta Cooperative is proud to service Noel Farms.  On behalf of Augusta Cooperative, in celebration of June Dairy Month, we want to extend a special thank you to the Shank family for their dedication to the dairy industry and providing our country with quality milk each and every day."

 

Blackwater Bend Dairy, Inc. of Rocky Mount, VA receives special recognition from Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc.

Blackwater Bend Dairy, Inc. owned by the Bowman family of Rocky Mount, VA was recognized by the Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc. as an "Outstanding Dairy" during June Dairy Month 2016.Blackwater Bend

Blackwater Bend operates a 140+ Holstein cow dairy and row crop operation.  Started by Tim Bowman's grandfather, the dairy began after converting an existing vegetable and poultry farm into what is now the current operation.  The dairy has been under the same continuous family ownership for 5 generations.  Blackwater Bend is a proud provider of milk to one of the nation's largest milk cooperatives, the Dairy Farmers of America.

 

In the 1950's, Blackwater Bend Dairy was one of the few dairy operations to have their parlor designed by Virginia Tech.  That parlor is still part of their daily milking routine.  Today, the Bowman family continues to implement  unique and innovative technologies into their operation.

One goal of the Blackwater Bend Dairy and the generations before, has been to protect the land as both an economic source and as an ecological habitat.  Currently, Bowman family members serve on the Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District and the FSA County Committee.

In 2012, the dairy was honored by the Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) with a Clean Water Farm Award.  This award recognizes farmers and landowners that implement progressive conservation tools, technologies and practices that protect and enhance water quality.  Additionally, the Bowman family is proud to be part of the Virginia Century Farm Program.  This is a program in which recognition and honors are given to farms that have been in operation for at least 100 consecutive years and the generations of Virginia farm families whose diligent and dedicated efforts have maintained these farms.

"For many decades, the Bowman family has proven to be outstanding stewards of the land and leaders in the Virginia dairy industry" said Augusta Cooperative's Assistant General Manager, Daniel Phillips.  "The good condition of their land clearly demonstrates that stewardship.  Their commitment to ensure cow comfort and outstanding nutrition remains at the forefront of dairy operations in our state.  Augusta Cooperative is proud to service Blackwater Bend Dairy.  On behalf of Augusta Cooperative, we want to extend a special thank you to the Bowman family for their dedication to the dairy industry and providing our country with quality milk each and every day."