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Published April 27, 2010

Focus Farm and Ranch

Wetland restoration assistance


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of funding to restore, enhance, protect, and manage habitat for migratory birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife through the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP). WREP ...

Personal protective gear


Although farmers are at risk of animal and machinery-related injury, it's a fact that many such injuries could be prevented with the use of proper personal protective equipment. Hard hats are highly resistant to impacts, they offer protection fro...

Seed beds are all about preparation


When preparing the soil for seeding, make sure that the seedbed has a rough surface layer covering a layer of fine soil with a firm base. The more the earth is liable to form a crust, the rougher the surface should be. ...

Sow productivity


The question of sow productivity is often raised but many people do not always agree on what this term really means. For some, it is the criterion which indicates the number of piglets weaned from a sow. However, by counting only the number of pi...

Restraining pens make the job easier


It's not always easy to trim the hoofs of livestock. The animal must be immobilized and kept still for the duration of the procedure. The foot has to be cleaned and examined and, if necessary, the trimming carried out. Immobilizing a cow for inse...

Organics are more popular than ever


In recent years, more and more people have embraced organic products as a part of their daily diet. Whereas a decade ago grocery stores may not have had any organic products, nowadays most grocery stores offer an abundance of organic items, and n...

Growing up on the farm


What better place to grow up than on a farm. The open fields, the pastures and ponds, large barns with haylofts, tractors and all those animals!

USDA initiative to improve agricultural energy conservation


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an initiative designed to help agricultural producers transition to more energy efficient operations. This initiative will make funding available for individual on-farm energy audits designed to s...

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