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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:14pm
Grains this week got a solid lift on weather concerns, strong indications of better demand, and, subsequently, short-covering in the futures markets as more traders are getting optimistic that we’ve touched bottom. Corn is getting support from both domestic ethanol and feed demand while wheat pushed higher on some short-covering but gains were limited towards... Read more »
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:44pm

pastured poultry production

Pastured Poultry Production Manager Job at White Oak Pastures in Georgia

White Oak Pastures is seeking a pastured poultry production manager to oversee and coordinate the production of broiler chickens, laying hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and guinea fowl. At a given time, the farm has up to 100,000 birds on pasture. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day production management of the poultry operation and a team of about 20 employees. Responsibilities will include:
  • Ensuring the welfare of the birds under a humane, environmentally regenerative production system
  • Overseeing all logistics, including bird ordering, scheduling, deliveries, transportations, feed and nutrition
  • Designing and implementing pasture management within a rotational grazing framework that also includes ruminants and hogs
  • Maintaining flock health
  • Coordinating with processing division and marketing division of White Oak Pastures
  • Production record keeping
You will need:
  • Effective people management skills
  • Ability to carry out manual duties
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ability to coordinate with the farm’s construction, plumbing, and electrical departments
  • Basic computer skills
  • The desire to learn and embrace holistic management.
  • The desire to learn multi-species grazing
A unique benefit of this position is the freedom to raise pastured poultry without being burdened with the processing and marketing responsibility. Another unique benefit is being part of a farm workforce of over 100 people. Many facets of production [such as carpentry, accounting, mechanical maintenance, sales, processing, and marketing] are handled by other departments. The candidate can focus on poultry production. To apply for the pastured poultry production manager job, send resumes to Will Harris at About White Oak Pastures: White Oak Pastures is a family-owned and operated producer of grassfed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pastured pork, rabbit and poultry. Committed to the principles of sustainability and stewardship, our five-generation farm has operated continuously on the same land in Early County, Georgia for 150 years. In addition to being the most diversified farm in the South, White Oak Pastures is also known for closed-loop farming practices and a zero-waste protocol that benefits the land, the animals and the consumers we serve.  

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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:08pm
Mossley, Ontario’s Laura DeKlein wasn’t raised on a dairy farm but she sure has a great eye for cows. DeKlein is a member of Ontario’s 4-H team that competed in this month’s National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Along with teammates Brett Stockdale, Collin Allardyce, and Josh... Read more »
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 9:18am
Canada’s Minister of International Trade walked out of talks in Belgium on Friday, expressing despair over the chances of Canada and the European Union finalizing their trade deal. Chrystia Freeland is heading home without an agreement after three days of meetings with Belgian and European Leaders — less than a week before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was... Read more »
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:37am
As farms grow and span larger geographies, tractors are putting on more road miles than ever before. “It’s definitely a concern we’re getting more and more from farmers. They need to travel more and more and it does have a big impact on the tracks, going these distances,” says Eric Blondeau of Camso (formerly Camoplast Solideal).... Read more »
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:15am
FarmLead has launched an all-new mobile app available for iOS and Android platforms. The new app includes an optimized mobile interface, improved negotiation features, and expanded geographic coverage. This version of the FarmLead app also features an improved deal matching tool, allowing users to geo-locate offers. Deal negotiation now includes a chat feature, allowing buyers and sellers to discuss a deal before... Read more »
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:07am

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.

The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.

By Gary Truitt
Hosier Ag Today
Oct 20, 2016


“Over the past seven years, we have been transforming our loan programs at USDA so that they can be attainable and useful to all kinds and sizes of producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize their operations. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has offices in nearly every county in the country, and we encourage all farmers, including those in urban areas, to stop in and inquire about this program.”

USDA today also unveiled a new category of lenders that will join traditional lenders, such as banks and credit unions, in offering USDA EZ Guarantee Loans. Microlenders, which include Community Development Financial Institutions and Rural Rehabilitation Corporations, will be able to offer their customers up to $50,000 of EZ Guaranteed Loans, helping to reach urban areas and underserved producers. Banks, credit unions and other traditional USDA-approved leaners, can offer customers up to $100,000 to help with agricultural operation costs.

Read the complete article here.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 5:39am

Central part of Ralph Gosling’s Plan of Sheffield 1736 showing urban gardens. Click on image for larger file.

“In the town of Sheffield in Yorkshire where a great iron manufacture is carried on, there is hardly a journeyman cutler who does not possess a piece of ground which he cultivates as a garden. These people take exercise without doors, but also eat many greens, roots etc. of their own growth, which they would never think of purchasing.” Dr. Buchan who lived in the town 1760-1769.

By N. Flavell
The Agricultural History Review
pas 95-106


Many acres of the horticultural land surrounding Sheffield in the late eighteenth century were utilized as allotment gardens. Provincial town histories, apart from those of Birmingham (where small gardens were often different in character) make little or no mention of anything similar for this period.

This paper makes the case for Sheffield being the first to experience worker’s gardens en masse and demonstrates that there may have been, on cautious calculation, 1500-1800 allotments available for rent in the town in the 1780s.

See the complete paper here.


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