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Tips on Choosing the Right Food for your Pet

Pet
Selecting the proper diet for your companion pet can help ensure a happy, healthy life for your dog or cat. But did you know that your pet’s health and well being can be tarnished by improper handling and storage once you bring the pet food home?

String Trimmer Maintenance

Lawn
It's important to maintain your string trimmer so that it will be ready when you need it. The lawn experts at Southern States have some advice for string trimmer care to keep your trimmer performing its best.

Preparing for Wheat Harvest

Farm
Preparing the bins used for grain storage is essential in keeping your wheat harvest safe from spoilage and pests.

Keep Your Pets Safe When Traveling

Pet
If your dog isn’t accustomed to traveling distances in a car, start with short rides and gradually lengthened them. If it turns out your dog doesn’t enjoy riding in the car, don’t ruin your vacation. Find a reputable kennel to board him or hire a dog sitter. If leaving the dog behind isn’t an option, ask your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications.

Ready for Emergencies - Nationwide Agribusiness

Farm
Successful growers realize the importance of being prepared in the event of a disaster, whether a natural disaster such as a tornado or other type of hazardous situation. Southern States® and Nationwide® Agribusiness Insurance have compiled some tips to help in your emergency action plan from their many years of experience in handling disaster situations.

Raking Leaves: Bag vs. Mulch and Compost

Lawn
Every fall, as the leaves start falling, it's time to start thinking about how to get them off of your lawn. Consider two basic methods: mulch them into the lawn with your mower, or pile them up with a rake or blower and haul them away. There are pros and cons to each technique.

Winterizing Your Riding Mower

Lawn
It's a good idea to winterize your mower at the end of the season, so it will be ready for next spring. Not only is it fairly easy to do, but these few steps will extend the life of your machine as well.

How To Make Compost

Garden
Environmental experts estimate that kitchen and yard wastes comprise 25% of the refuse in landfills. These materials can be easily and effectively recycled into rich humus that will improve any garden's soil texture and add important nutrients for vigorous plant growth.

Best Practices for Environmental Safety

Farm
Best management practices are methods designed to increase crop yield and minimize any negative environmental impact on the land. By employing a few simple practices, a farmer can have a successful harvest and promote good land stewardship as well.

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