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2009-09-18 11:56:44

Emergency responders said a Florida man sustained non-life-threatening injuries when a cow fell on him at a dairy farm. St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Chaney said crews responded to the dairy farm near the Okeechobee County line shortly before 4 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a man being injured by a fallen cow, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday. They were in the process of milking cows. That's why he was near a cow, Chaney said. He was out there milking cows...

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2009-09-07 09:47:40

Farm visits are dispelling children's deep ignorance about where the food they eat comes from and helping teachers deliver a wide spectrum of the national curriculum, a new study has shown. The trips, set up as part of the Government's Educational Access scheme, challenge many children's belief that milk comes from bottles and that bread comes from a packet  "“ something even those from rural areas struggle with. But despite campaigns to encourage primary school visits to farms,...

2009-06-10 12:09:10

Dairy genetics, nutrition, herd management and improved animal welfare over the past 60 years have resulted in a modern milk production system that has a smaller carbon footprint than mid-20th century farming practices, says a Cornell University study in the Journal of Animal Science (June 2009)."As U.S. and global populations continue to increase, it is critical to adopt management practices and technologies to produce sufficient high-quality food from a finite resource supply, while...

2009-06-01 15:05:32

A record stockpile of cheese has pushed U.S. milk prices lower, although the price of feeding dairy cows continues to rise, dairy farmers said. I've seen the ups and downs, but I've never seen it like this, said George Simoes, a dairy farmer in Elk Grove, Calif., told the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee Monday. Prices dairy farmers received for milk escalated in 2007 and 2008, causing farmers to add cows to their production lines. With 914 million pounds of cheese in cold storage, however, prices...

2009-05-11 17:37:08

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday the nation's corn crop still lagged behind its historic planting average. The 18 largest corn producing states reported 48 percent of the acreage had seeds in the ground, compared to a five-year average of 71 percent done for this week of the year, the department said. Farmers in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska were ahead of their historic averages and North Carolina was one percentage point behind its average at 95 percent done. But Illinois and...

2009-04-27 09:00:00

Adopt-A-Row Challenge and Plantapalooza involve community and raise funds for hunger relief GRAFTON, Mass., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Harvest Project (CHP), a volunteer farming organization for hunger relief in Central Massachusetts, has announced several new initiatives including the Adopt-A-Row Challenge and Plantapalooza event to help kick-off the 2009 growing season and raise funds. CHP's new fundraising program, the 2009 Adopt-A-Row Challenge, calls upon individuals or...

2009-04-21 07:12:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- New survey data show that America's cattle farmers and ranchers are raising a lot more than just cattle on their ranches. From endangered species to native trees and grasses, America's farms and ranches are hosting, and often actively supporting, wildlife, natural ecosystems and the environment. Eighty-eight percent of cattle farmers and ranchers surveyed said their land includes areas that support wildlife. More than half report wildlife...

2009-03-30 10:29:00

Students to food service provider industry: 'If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.' IMMOKALEE, Fla., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) has launched the "Dining with Dignity" campaign to educate and mobilize students across the U.S. about the role of food service provider industry leaders Aramark, Compass (and its subsidiary Chartwells) and Sodexo in perpetuating farmworker poverty and human rights abuses. The SFA is calling on...

2009-03-30 07:00:00

Rural King and Atwoods to rely on an Activant Eagle solution to help them better manage their businesses and sustain growth LIVERMORE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Activant Solutions Inc., a leading provider of retail and distribution business management solutions, today announced that Illinois-based Rural King Farm & Home and Oklahoma-based Atwoods Ranch & Home have selected the Activant Eagle(R) solution to manage their successful Farm and Home retail businesses. These...

2009-03-11 16:00:00

DEERFIELD, Mass., March 11/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers (NODPA) today announced their support for organic dairy farm families who are fighting for their survival and denounced those companies that are lowering the price they pay farmers in order to fund increases in market share. "Across the northeast and midwest HP Hood is hiding behind the good name and ideals of Gary Hirschberg and Stonyfield Farm as they fire the same farmers that two years ago they...


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Integrated farming
2013-09-20 13:33:38

Integrated farming is the practice of growing crops and raising livestock simultaneously. Integrated farming is diversification at its best. One intense example of integrated farming can be found in China where fish farming has been integrated with raising livestock, along with growing agricultural crops, such as vegetables. Other examples of integrated farming include using pigs to clear fields of rocks and roots prior to planting a crop. Poultry is used to clean up rotten fruit and...

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