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Demand for Organic Hay is on the Rise

Demand for organic products continues to rise, therefore, the demand for organic hay also is on the rise. If you are interested in producing organic products, or selling organic hay to producers of organic products, it is essential that you understand how exactly hay is certified as organic.

Hay certified as USDA Organic must be grown in accordance with USDA standards. Certification is achieved when USDA inspectors travel to farms and ensure that particular regulations are being fol ... More...

Demand for Organic Hay Outpaces Supply

Certification of organic quality is a grueling, albeit rewarding, experience. Farms cannot simply label their hay as organic without undergoing rigorous procedures. The process takes several years, lots of paper work, and official inspections, all to ensure the land, equipment, livestock feed, and general operations are up to snuff. Records tracking the seeding, planting, crop rotation history, materials purch ... More...

Demand for Grass-Fed Beef Continues to Skyrocket

Experts predict that within the next decade, grass-fed beef could make up to 30 percent of the beef produced in the United States. This growth, however, will bring with it some substantial challenges.

The bulk of these challenges are likely to be related to foraging and grazing. That’s because it takes specialized forage finishers to achieve the high degree of finishes that consumers crave in their grass-fed beef. The type of forage finishers who can produce the type of fat and marb ... More...

Drop in Grain Prices Effecting Grain Farmers and Landowners

A drop in grain prices is making it tougher for grain farmers to pay rent on the land they lease. As a result, some overwhelmed grain farmers in the Midwest say that they are considering breaking their lease contracts.

Many rent payments come due on March 1. These payments can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars, depending on the size of the farm.

For more than 10 years, grain farmers have enjoyed a boom, but that appears to be coming to end. ... More...

By:   US Farm Data
Dangers on Farm Increase with Age

The average age of farmers in the United States has reached 58.3 years. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture. Farming has always been a dangerous occupation and older farmers are at an increased risk.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that farmers over the age of 74 are twice as likely as younger farmers to die in a farming accident. Despite this fact, there are few safety programs targeting older far ... More...

By:   US Farm Data
Do You Have What it Takes for a Career in Tax Preparation?

The New Year is almost upon us and many people are evaluating their career paths. If you are considering a career in tax preparation but think you don’t have what it takes to join this growing profession, you may want to think again.

Unfortunately, there are some myths surrounding the tax preparation field that keep otherwise qualified individuals from joining its ranks. If one or more of these myths is holding you back from embarking on a career in tax preparation, read on t ... More...

By:   Nexus United
Determining the Value of Livestock Feed

If you are looking to estimate the value of your livestock feed, it is important to sample forage and concentrates. It also is important to understand that accuracy depends on the method and lab technique used.

Nutrient content of feeds varies among feed types as well as different batches. The goal, then, is not to have perfect samples but rather representative ones. What is necessary is that eve ... More...

Do You Really Need Life Insurance?

One of the most common questions an insurance agent is asked is, “Do I need life insurance?”  The most common answer to that question is, “It depends.”  There are many things to consider before deciding what is right for you and your family.

Do you have children?  Many families depend on two incomes to make ends meet.  If one parent dies, it is imperative that a life insurance policy is in place to protect the financial future of the family.  Even if one spouse does not work out ... More...

Does Baling High-Moisture Hay Make Good Financial Sense?

More and more cattle and dairy farmers are baling high-moisture hay. While it is easy to jump on this bandwagon, it is important to realize that every operation is different and therefore this method is not best for every operation.

So how do you know if this method will successfully contribute to your operation? The first thing is to determine whether or not it will decrease field and storage losses while improving animal performance.

Here are some specific reasons w ... More...

Dangers of Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water

Drinking water that contains lead can cause serious health issues. While this fact probably comes as no surprise to some people, many others are relatively uneducated when it comes to the specific issues that come about from drinking water contaminated with lead. They also may not realize that certain populations are particularly vulnerable to lead in drinking water.

Unborn babies, infants and young children are particularly vulnerable when exposed to lead in drinking water. (It ... More...

Dealing with Chronic Neck Pain? Time to See a Chiropractor!

Neck pain can be a real, well, pain in the neck. It also is very common. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with chronic neck pain. Research shows that individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain experience significant improvement after seeking the care of chiropractor.

 

https://www.everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-chiropractic-care.aspx

If you have neck pain, i ... More...

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