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February 2017

Myths in Agriculture - Chickens

With the majority of Americans at least 2 generation removed from agriculture, and the incredible pace of innovations and new technology in agriculture, it is not suprising that the number of myths and misconceptions abotu agriculture and agricultural practices are growing.  Throughout the year we will be sharing some of those myths, and the truths associated, as provided by experts in the agriculture industry.  First up - chicken myths!
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Farming Methods - Cover Crops

I know it is not technically spring yet, although you would have a hard time proving that with the weather we had in Virginia this past weekend.  This is the time of year though when you can just see spring trying to break through.  In many places, as you drive past fields that have been brown and covered with crop residue for most of the winter, there is now green peeking through.  While the warmer than normal temperatures do have some impact on this, for many of those fields that green would be showing about now anyway, thanks to cover crops.
 
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Beef Cows vs. Dairy Cows - Get the "skinny"

We had steaks last night for dinner (happens a lot in our house, when you raise beef cattle, beef in some form tends to be on the menu a lot!), at the very specific request of our five year old.  Said five year old is currently very much in to associating where different things come from, so it was not a total surprise when he asked where the beef he was eating comes from.  Knowing my child, I knew this was not a question of where the specific animal had originated, but rather a more general question of where beef comes from.  While we have had this conversation several times, he likes to reaffirm what he already knows.  Upon reminding him that beef comes from beef cows like the ones we raise, he promptly responds with “and milk comes from dairy cows!” 
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Agriculture and...Technology?

I have to admit, some days I love technology; it can make so many things much easier (ordering gifts, shopping, buying groceries, keeping in contact with friends and loved ones, the list goes on and on), but, there are also days when I loathe it (usually when I just want a few minutes to myself, have just updated my phone and now I don’t know where anything is, or to have a conversation with my husband that doesn’t involve him getting interrupted by Facebook or a text message every 2 minutes).  Am I the only one?
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