Burriers among Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers recognized

DOVER, Del. (Aug. 9, 2016) — David and Linda Burrier of Union Bridge, Md., are among the nine farmers who were honored as 2016 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmers.
The farmers, from five Maryland and Pennsylvania farm families, received their 2016 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer awards during an Aug. 5 Master Farmer Association banquet in Dover, Del.
This 82nd Master Farmer class also includes: Francis and Daniel Mains of Newville, Pa.; David Masser and Julie Ballay of Sacramento, Pa.; Charles and Bonnie Ulmer of Cogan Station, Pa.; and Martin Yahner of Patton, Pa.
The career achievement honor, established in 1927, is one of the nation’s longest-standing awards recognizing farmers with exemplary management skills and community leadership.
The award is co-sponsored by Cooperative Extension of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, along with American Agriculturist magazine, and with support of AgChoice Farm Credit and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit.
The Burriers’ Linganore Farm in Carroll County, Md., is a 1,160-acre grain and hay business, and a model of sustainable agriculture.
Their “never-till” production has paid off in rising yields, organic matter and fertilizer efficiency, plus less labor, machine and fuel costs.
With a large part of the Burriers’ income portfolio coming from hay and straw, they can stack 40,000 bales away with a stack wagon and forklift with three people in a shed built for that purpose.
Precision ag technology and data from that technology has already proven the benefits of cover cropping and increased nutrient efficiency on Linganore Farm.
For their involvement in greater agriculture, David earned a DuPont’s Young Leadership award and Linda received Syngenta’s Leadership at its Best award.
Both have served in leadership roles in the United Soybean Board, Maryland Ag Commission, Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association, the Maryland Soybean Board, Farm Bureau, and their local Southern States Cooperative boards.