In the few short months since the Petite Beef by
Headwater Farms program began, it has achieved national recognition as a model
promoting farm viability and water resource protection. The project was
profiled in the Jan 2001 Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
Partners newsletter, which reaches about 70,000 people nationwide, with a
headline stating "Beef Producers Protect West Virginia Rivers" and a
cover aerial photo of participating farmer Roy Milleson's Springfield farm on
the South Branch of the Potomac River.
CTIC's mission is to lead in the development of
public/private partnerships that promote the enhancement of soil and water
quality by equipping agriculture with realistic, affordable, and integrated
solutions. CTIC serves as a national clearinghouse for new technologies
and innovative approaches and as a sponsor of meetings to increase communication
and understanding between the public and private sectors involved with natural
resource management decisions on cropland.
John Hassell, CTIC Executive Director, says "the
Headwater Farms program fits in perfectly with our
Core 4 Conservation
which provides a common-sense approach to improving farm profitability while
addressing environmental concerns."