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Peak Phosphorus – Even More Important Than Peak Oil!

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

While substitutes can be found for many finite natural resources mined from the Earth—copper in phone lines can be replaced by fiber optics, steel in car bodies by composite plastics, and petroleum in transportation fuels by biodiesel or hydrogen cells—this is not the case for phosphorus in food production. The U.S. Geological Survey lists the following under the heading Substitutes for Phosphate Rock: “THERE ARE NO SUBSTITUTES FOR PHOSPHORUS . . . ”

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Homegrown by Heroes

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Homegrown by Heroes

Just in time for Memorial Day, the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) announced the national launch of the Homegrown by Heroes Initiative.  It’s a product labeling program that complements the FVC’s work to help veterans of all eras be successful farmers and ranchers.  The Homegrown by Heroes label will appear on agricultural products raised by those […]

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Farm Monuments

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Farm Monuments

Memorial Day has once again passed on the calendar with the remembrance of our soldiers and loved ones.  We have honored those that gave us freedom with speeches and flowers laid at a monument.  Monuments are powerful reminders of the past, present and future.  Last year I wrote about the symbolism of our road, a […]

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The Strength to Serve, to Overcome, and to Forgive

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  The Scoop  /  1 Comment

This week started out with a day of remembering heroes. Louis Zamperini is one of those heroes who served in World War II.  He survived a plane crash that left him adrift for weeks in the ocean where he battled sharks, hunger and the elements. He was then captured, and held as a prisoner of war. You can read […]

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Straight, Open-Sided Chutes and Squeeze Chutes are Best For Cattle Handling

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  4 Comments

In Part 4 of their analysis, Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locattelli describe how these kinds of facilities respond better to animal behavior than those suggested by Dr. Temple Grandin, and why they make your life as a livestock handler easier.

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