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Farm Contingency Planning

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Contingency planning is an important part of farm or ranch management. A contingency plan determines how a farm will respond to a crisis or disaster and how quickly it will be able to resume normal operations. Key decision makers can jump into action without having to come up with a plan in the middle of a crisis. If something tragic happens, are you prepared?

Tractor Safety Guidelines

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Studies show tractors are involved in a high proportion of farm injuries and fatalities, causing productivity losses, serious injury and loss of life. Fortunately, you can prevent most accidents by staying vigilant and following a few basic tractor safety guidelines.

Rural Road Safety During Harvest Season

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Because farm vehicles travel more often on public roads during the harvest season, there are serious safety concerns about farm vehicles and equipment sharing the road with other drivers.

Nationwide: Why farmers should use dash cams

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Keep your eyes on the road. It’s one of the first things taught when someone is learning to drive. Dashboard cameras — a growing segment of telematics technology — are helping large farm operations with large fleets do a better job of that and a whole lot more.

Hay Testing and Soil Testing for Forage

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The principle of testing is the same: know what you’ve got since looking at a bale of hay or an acre of ground doesn’t tell all.

Applying the Science of Ergonomics to Farm Work

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Only recently has the science of ergonomics been applied to farm work to help reduce the number of injuries that cost commercial agriculture millions of dollars each year in health care expenses, lost wages and lowered productivity.

Moving Your Chicks Outside

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If you’re raising chicks, you’re probably wondering when you can move them from the brooder box to their permanent home outside. Your local climate and availability of outdoor heating should influence your decision, but the most basic rule of thumb is that your chicks need to be fully feathered before you put them outside full time without supplemental heat.

Best Practices for Environmental Safety

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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.

Equipment For Your Small Farm Row Cropping

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Starting a small farm for row cropping? Many folks are “homesteading” in order to save money & eat healthier products. To get started, read our tips & advice for selecting the right equipment for your small farm.

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