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Will ag degree grads have job offers?

Speculation about the future of agricultural jobs has been pervasive with the recent announcements of mergers and acquisitions. As the parent companies of the big companies in the crop protection and seed businesses cut jobs by the thousands (Dow, DuPont, Monsanto), the questions is how will this impact the job availability for new college grads planning to enter the agricultural field.

Advice and Tips

Techniques of low-stress livestock handling

In the last column I began our discussion of the techniques of low-stress livestock handling as formulated by the late Bud Williams, emphasizing the importance of maintaining straight lines, then explaining the “zigzag” which is an effective technique for driving cattle from the rear. In this column we will look at the remainder of the basic techniques of LSLH.


Credit demand rises in U.S. farm economy as incomes fall

Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year, as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to reports from Federal Reserve Banks on Thursday.

Pasture and Rangeland

Organic matter serves important role in soil health

Of all the components of soil, organic matter is probably the most important and most misunderstood. Organic matter serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water in the soil, aids in reducing compaction and surface crusting, and increases water infiltration into the soil. Yet, it's often ignored and neglected. Let's examine the contributions of soil organic matter and talk about how to maintain or increase it.


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