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Levitation and Imaginary Friends

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By   5 days ago

Since you’re our community, we thought you’d like to know where we stand after two years of publishing On Pasture. Things are looking pretty good too!

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French Fries and a Side of On Pasture

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By   2 weeks ago

The average American eats 113 orders of french fries per year, 30 lbs of fries, two servings or orders per week.  In calories, it’s about 26,000. Yup. 26,000 calories. Thirteen days of nothing but fries. Ok, done puking? The average cost of ordering fries each year is about $189 ($1.67/serving). Want to buy a side order of […]

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You Can Read On Pasture Without Being a Member, But If You’re Not a Member, On Pasture Can’t Survive

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By   3 weeks ago

It’s March, and we’re celebrating On Pasture’s second birthday. We’re also having a “Membership March” for the very simple reason that there really is no such thing as a free lunch. Here’s why your support is so important: On Pasture is not supported by any grants or government funding.  We rely on advertisers, underwriters and our […]

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How to Start a Movement

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By   4 weeks ago

We’re turning two! To celebrate, all month long we’re sharing the On Pasture backstory, describing how we got to here, what we think is important about our work, and how we hope to contribute to our Community.

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Ridiculously Good

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By   1 month ago

How do you describe what you do? Are you a farmer, a rancher? Do you raise chickens, pigs, ducks, cattle? Are you a dairy farmer whose cows made the milk that went into yogurt recently pronounced “ridiculously good” by a very young reader of On Pasture? [If you are, thank you. The yogurt was also […]

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Preppers Have Nothing On Us!

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By   1 month ago

National Geographic says that “Doomsday Preppers” is one of their most popular shows.  It profiles “preppers” who believe that civilization will collapse sometime in the foreseeable future so they’re developing skills and creating a homestead that will ensure their survival. We’re not “Preppers” in that vein, but we do like to be prepared.  What we like […]

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In Case of Zombie Apocalypse, Save Me First! I’m a Farmer!

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By   2 months ago

This week our Funny comes to us from Forrest Pritchard who points out that being a farmer in a crisis, particularly during a Zombie Apocalypse, is a powerful thing, and might be a good way of encouraging folks to consider farming as a good career choice.  Forrest and I are definitely on the same wavelength here! […]

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Snow Day!

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By   2 months ago

It’s a snow day for a lot of people in North America today. Flights are cancelled, plans are being rearranged, and of course lots of folks are digging out. Snow is white and fluffy and cold. It’s got to be moved out of the way when it’s on the road and the driveway and in […]

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    Forages and Grazing Management to Extend Your Grazing Season

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    By   5 days ago

    This is Part 2 from UMN’s chapter on Managing Pastures for Year-Long Forage Supplies.

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    Roots Need Rest to Reach Resources: Managing for Pastures for Year-Long Forage, Part 1

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    By   2 weeks ago

    Hey, it’s the first in a series about how to plan for season-long forage in your pastures! We’re going to talk plants, planning, supplemental pastures, and supplying high quality fall forage. Here we go….

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    Grazed Rangelands Recover More Quickly From Fire

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Even if you’re not grazing rangelands, the results of this study might give you some ideas of what to expect in grazed and ungrazed areas after fires. It might also give you some ideas about how you want to manage your grazing to protect forage and wildlife habitat.

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    Cow Taxis – Take Advantage of Urban Pastures to Expand Your Operation

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Are you raising livestock near an urban area? Do you see all those empty lots and abandoned pastures as possible forage? Here’s how one family farm created a Cow Taxi to take their herd to the food. While they’re dairy-based, there’s no reason that the concept couldn’t be adapted for other livestock.

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    Living Barns

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    By   4 weeks ago

    Brett didn’t have the $100K to make upgrades to his operation for nutrient management, let alone the $30K for a new barn to winter his cattle. The solution? A change in management that prevents runoff from his winter feeding AND provides his herd with shelter free of charge.

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    Winter Check-up Time for Your Cows and Grass

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    By   1 month ago

    Editors Note: In some parts of the U.S. snow totals are well above normal and graziers are feeding their stock. Meanwhile, other parts of the country are having an open winter, and grass is still growing and cows are still grazing. So here’s an update from Jim for that part of the country. And even if you’re feeding […]

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    In the Footsteps of a Winter Grazier

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    By   1 month ago

    Taking a little extra time in pasture when we’re moving livestock can tell us a lot about natural processes and even give us a some tips about how water retention and soil health are being affected by our management.

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    The New Grazing Charts Are Here!

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    By   2 months ago

    Yes! It’s our favorite time of year when Troy shares the new, blank grazing charts so that we can all get started planning for the green up. And this time, he’s sharing a little about why he does what he does as well.

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      Pasture Health View All →

      Pigeon Peas Could Be Forage for the Herds, Not the Birds

      Pigeon peas going to flower. A forage crop and a soil improvement tool and food for the table as well.

      By   5 days ago

      Pigeon peas have been  cultivated for more than 3500 years, and they are pretty popular in much of the world. They are a common food grain in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and rank as the 6th most popular pulse (legume) in the world. But, pigeon peas haven’t gotten much traction in North America. Why the […]

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      Forages and Grazing Management to Extend Your Grazing Season

      Cows graze sudan grass.

      By   5 days ago

      This is Part 2 from UMN’s chapter on Managing Pastures for Year-Long Forage Supplies.

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      Gabe Brown: “Soil Matters”

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      By   2 weeks ago

      Gabe Brown is known for the work he’s done improving his soils and his farm’s profitability. He quit tilling back in 1993, turning instead to no-till, cover crops, and crop rotation. Here he’ll show you what his soil looks like after 20 years of caring for his land this way. The result is soil that looks like […]

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      The Predator in Your Pasture

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      By   2 weeks ago

      Understanding the primary predators and prey in your pastures is the first step toward managing for everyone’s benefit.

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      Be It Resolved. Soil is NOT Dirt. Make it so in your state.

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      By   3 weeks ago

      The story goes that, backed by a group of dedicated soil scientists, a state delegate in Maryland first brought forward a bill in 2007 to make Sassafras the official state soil. Sassafras, a very deep Coastal Plain soil mapped on nearly 500,000 acres in Maryland, was one of the first soil series named in the […]

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      Eat Your Weeds!

      This calf is eating musk thistle, just like her mom taught her to do.

      By   4 weeks ago

      Spring is coming, even if you can’t see it under the snow. And you’ll know that it really is here when you see something in your pastures that we grew up fearing: WEEDS. But don’t worry. Be happy! Weeds are good for you and for your livestock! So don’t spray them, burn, them pull them or harm them. Treat […]

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      What Forages Are You Going to Add This Year? Picking Jeff’s brain!

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      By   1 month ago

      Jeff Rasawher at Center Seeds has a lot of experience with graze-worthy cover crops. Here are some suggestions for folks in the some of our cooler climates, both wet and dry.

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      Cow Pies and Apple Pies

      Bombus ternarius on phacelia cover crop at The Farm Between. Photo by Nancy Hayden

      By   1 month ago

      Our insect pollinators are in peril, and we can all play a part in helping them out. As Nancy’s husband, John, says, “No pollinators, no apples, no pie.” We’re betting you love apple pie, and as graziers you’re in a perfect place to promote healthy pollinator populations. Here’s how.

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        What Your Livestock Think About Your Pasture

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        By   5 days ago

        Your animals have a lot more to do than just walk around and eat. Understanding what they’re doing ensures tha tyou’re making it easy for them to harvest their own food with the least amount of effort so you get the best performance from them.

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        Moving to Mobile Milking Parlors

        With this version, a hydraulic lift raises cows so that milking is more ergonomically friendly for the milkers.

        By   5 days ago

        There are plenty of reasons not to have a mobile milking parlor, especially if you just lived through winter in the northeast. Open air milking is for the birds when it’s -20 out. But what if it made sense? Because you live in a more temperate climate, or you’ve gone seasonal, or you’ve got a […]

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        The Predator in Your Pasture

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Understanding the primary predators and prey in your pastures is the first step toward managing for everyone’s benefit.

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        Cow Taxis – Take Advantage of Urban Pastures to Expand Your Operation

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Are you raising livestock near an urban area? Do you see all those empty lots and abandoned pastures as possible forage? Here’s how one family farm created a Cow Taxi to take their herd to the food. While they’re dairy-based, there’s no reason that the concept couldn’t be adapted for other livestock.

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        Planning Egg Production Right

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        By   3 weeks ago

        The full title of this new publication is “Scaling-up Egg Production: Management, Markets, Regulation and Finances.” As you can see, it’s got everything you need to get going on the right foot.

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        Dairy Your Way

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Maybe you’re not going to change anything, but maybe you’re curious. Or maybe you’re feeling like the road you’re going down is no fun any more. A change might be in order. As part of a SARE-funded project, a group from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan developed a booklet, Dairy Your Way, that breaks down options […]

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        Grow More Chicken – Questions to Ask Before You Go For It

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Diversity is a good thing, and chicken is delicious. Adding more chicken to your farm might be win win. Here’s a tool to figure out if that’s a good choice for you.

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        Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd

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        By   1 month ago

        A cow’s body condition is a good indicator of how well her calves will do and whether or not she’ll breed back. Now is a good time to check in on your cows so you can adjust their feed so they can do their best for you. AND if you’re a technology kind of person, there’s even an App for that!

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          Moving to Mobile Milking Parlors

          With this version, a hydraulic lift raises cows so that milking is more ergonomically friendly for the milkers.

          By   5 days ago

          There are plenty of reasons not to have a mobile milking parlor, especially if you just lived through winter in the northeast. Open air milking is for the birds when it’s -20 out. But what if it made sense? Because you live in a more temperate climate, or you’ve gone seasonal, or you’ve got a […]

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          Is Contract Grazing in Your Future?

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          By   2 weeks ago

          Businessman Nido Qubein said, “Change brings opportunity.”  With the volatility of conventional milk prices and the surging interest in local beef and organic grass-fed dairy products, change is in the air for farmers and ranchers working to keep local agriculture strong. And, even if you don’t own land or cattle, or milk the cows you can become […]

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          Planning Egg Production Right

          Download this publication. Just click!

          By   3 weeks ago

          The full title of this new publication is “Scaling-up Egg Production: Management, Markets, Regulation and Finances.” As you can see, it’s got everything you need to get going on the right foot.

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          Grow More Chicken – Questions to Ask Before You Go For It

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Diversity is a good thing, and chicken is delicious. Adding more chicken to your farm might be win win. Here’s a tool to figure out if that’s a good choice for you.

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          Pasture Rental Rates: Conditions That Affect Prices

          A perfect pasture may be in the eye of the beholder, or in the education of the livestock grazing it. These educated cows are happily putting on weight in a very weedy pasture because Kathy taught them how to eat weeds. You can learn about teaching your livestock to eat weeds by clicking here.

          By   1 month ago

          Here’s the final article in our series on how to figure Pasture Rental Rates.  If you’ve missed the first three, here they are: How Much Should You Pay to Lease Pasture? Pasture Rental Rates: Doing the Math Part 1 Pasture Rental and Use Rate: Animal Units and Profit Sharing All pasture is not created equal. Some […]

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          Pasture Rental and Use Rates: Animal Units and Profit Sharing

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          By   1 month ago

          Here’s more math for figuring out how to feed our livestock while making a good living on leased pasture. Even if math isn’t your strong suit, we take it one step at a time so that it’s as easy as it can be.

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          Pasture Rental Rates: Doing the Math Part 1

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          By   2 months ago

          Math is hard but important. So we’re going to try to work through this without hoping for a miracle to occur.

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          How Much Should You Pay to Lease Pasture?

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          By   2 months ago

          The most difficult part of pasture leasing may be figuring out a rate that works for both parties. We can’t make it a breeze, but with this series of articles, we’ll give you some tools so you’ll have an idea where to start.

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            Maine Legislature Pays Tribute to Soils – Get Your State To Do the Same!

            Amy Jones of the Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists, me (Natalie), and Joan Welsh, the sponsor of this resolution with our I heart soil stickers at the State House!

            By   5 days ago

            While Maine may have beat all the other states to the punch, there’s still time for YOUR state to get on the band wagon. Here’s what happened in Maine, and some tips on how you can make it happen in your state too.

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            How to Tie Your Shoes Better

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            By   2 weeks ago

            As Terry Moore says, “Sometimes a small advantage in one place can yield tremendous results someplace else.” This is one example. We’d love to hear your examples too!

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            Love It or Hate It, Daylight Savings Is Probably Here to Stay

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            By   3 weeks ago

            What respectable ag-based publication would fail to address the switch to daylight savings? Here are some of the myths about why we do it, some of the real reasons, and, if you really hate it what you might do to fix it.

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            Protecting Livestock From Predators

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            By   4 weeks ago

            Worried about predators? Wolves, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and bears can all cause problems for livestock producers. But what would you do if the problem was lions? Here’s how one young man solved the problem by looking at it from a different perspective.

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            Dreaming About the Smell of Rain

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            By   1 month ago

            Petrichor is the word for the smell of rain. It happens because, basically, the earth is “fizzing.”

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            Why We Invented Travel Cups

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            By   1 month ago

            Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? What about walking while holding a cup of coffee? Spill any? H. C. Mayer and R. Krechetnikov of UC-Santa Barbara’s Department of Mechanical Engineering figured out why.  They analyzed the way we walk, the fluid dynamics in the mug, and what happens when we focus on […]

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            Where Are We Headed?

            Winter feedlot in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, ca March 1942 by John Vachon via Modern Farmer.

            By   2 months ago

            Victor ponders the changes in the beef industry since the 1930s and ’40s and considers where we might be going next. Can increasing our productivity on pasture also give us more time to relax?

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            How Many Scientists Does It Take To Make a Report on Climate Change?

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            By   2 months ago

            When we read a headline that says, “Scientists Say…” what does that really mean? Well, in the case of the report on the state of the atmospheric system put out by the International Panel on Climate Change, it means that thousands of scientists in lots of countries are involved. Here, in her 4 minute TED […]

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              Why Do Pigs Snort?

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              By   5 days ago

              Think of this next time you see them snorting!

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              Birthday Cake Kills!

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Since we’re celebrating On Pasture’s second birthday this month, we’ve been thinking a lot about cake. This short video puts a whole new light on it! Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!   While these eggs may not want to celebrate On Pasture’s birthday, we’re hoping you do. We can’t do this without […]

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              Swimming in the Streets

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              By   3 weeks ago

              This professional swimmer swims the streets of the Philippines. Perhaps this gives you some ideas of what you can do this summer in stock tanks and water troughs? And remember, safety first! Tablet readers, here’s your link!

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              Spring is Around the Corner

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              By   4 weeks ago

              For some it’s been a VERY long winter!

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              The Freshest Milk Possible

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              By   1 month ago

              Imagine what the dairy aisle might look like if grocery stores started providing milk in this kind of container!

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              The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

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              By   1 month ago

              Their diaries are a good look at how differently they see the world. (Click to see a larger, more readable size.)

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              Lumbersexuals, Tattoos & Zombies

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              By   2 months ago

              Sustainable farming as a career move? Let’s dive right in, starting with a battle royale: 1) Farmers versus Zombies During a zombie apocalypse, two life-skills are immediately paramount: the ability to wield heavy, blunt objects, and the means to procure food. Suffice to say, when New York becomes a mosh pit of living dead, “Proficient […]

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              When It Hits This Temperature You Should Evacuate

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              By   2 months ago

              You think you have it bad?  Kathy lives just a couple hours south of where these temperatures were being reported by the TV Weatherman in Phoenix. She did survive! Here’s the link for our tablet readers.

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