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Self-reliance: Goal of Farmer Group 5 in Guédé Chantier, Senegal

In a conversation Harwood had with the Deputy Mayor of Guédé Chantier, Senegal, Amadou Sy, the Deputy Mayor talked about a recent meeting he had with the presidents of the various farmers' groups. In that meeting he learned that Farmer Group 5 had CFA 11.5 million (approximately US$ 24,000) in a savings account while the other groups had nothing approaching that amount. FULL STORY »

What could an employee handbook do for your farm?

Producers often express an interest in developing employee handbooks for their farms to add some protection to their human resource management. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa’s benefits to livestock, soil worth the work

Soil testing is a necessity to reap the benefits of growing alfalfa for hay, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Minimizing the risks of fescue toxicosis in cattle

Grazing fescue before it goes to seed and providing plenty of water and shade during the summer can help ranchers minimize the effects of endophyte-infected fescue forage, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Getting hay equipment ready for the new season

Making hay is an expensive process and poorly maintained equipment can add unwanted expenses and downtime, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Improve reproductive management to improve bottom line

Livestock producers whose herds have poor reproductive success earn less and have higher production costs per head than those whose herds reproduce successfully, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

China's corn rejections cost companies $427 million

China has rejected nearly 1.45 million tons of U.S. corn shipments since late last year, according to a U.S. grain industry association, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday

Live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, with April higher and the rest of the complex softer. Cash trade remains a mystery this week, with bids slowly moving toward week ago cash. FULL STORY »

U.S. may give up demand for zero Japan beef tariffs in trade deal

The United States appears willing to accept a big cut in Japanese tariffs on beef imports rather than insist on scrapping the levy, the Nikkei business daily said on Friday, as the two countries seek a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact. FULL STORY »

Harmonizing trich standards Play video

During last week’s Trichomoniasis Forum, Jeff Baxter, senior product manager for ThermoFisher Scientific discusses the need to develop more uniform standards for sampling and diagnostics, and also to harmonize state regulations regarding trichomoniasis testing. FULL STORY »

From our April 2014 issue: Watch for invasive weeds after drought

Every pound of gain you put on a calf before weaning is currently worth well over $2.00. And of course the less you spend on feed to produce that pound, the more of that cash goes to your bottom line. FULL STORY »

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