Bees for Agriculture

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Danny Brewer improved his operation with pollinators  Danny Brewer from Van Buren, Ark; was introduced to the idea of beekeeping in 2011, but it wasn’t...

Small Steps Toward a Goal

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After retiring from the military, Jan Farmer began Willowbrook Farms For Jan Farmer, owner of Willowbrook Farms just outside of Searcy, Ark., getting a farm...

Building a Future at Heritage Acres

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Couple says they were always drawn to farming Californaians Jim Isbell and Karen Spinner moved to Fayetteville, Ark., in 2012 while retaining their California jobs....

No Staggering Cattle

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Winter forage quality can effect the health of a herd by limiting the source of feeding, especially if the mineral content of the forage is unknown. Supplementation is required when tested forage lack in essential macrominerals. Lacking in the required macrominerals can cause a metabolic disorder in cattle known as grass tetany or grass staggers. With the cold season already in full force, ranchers and farmers alike do not expect winter tetany, which can pose a problem for them if they are not aware. The low-yielding cows or negative energy cows that milk entirely off of grass are prone to tetany. The metabolic disorder also occurs from lush forages, alfalfa or annual cereal forages.

From Grass to Nutrition

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Allen and Donna Shumate of Elkins, Ark., run a 3-year-old grass-fed commercial beef operation on nearly 1,000 acres of combined owned, shared and leased land. They have three registered Angus bulls and 80 mixed mommas with the goal of gradually increasing the herd to 100 mommas with 175 calves growing from weaning to butchering at all times.

Cheering on the Bulls

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Kyle Kilgore is a rising star in the rodeo stock contractor world – and he’s only 17.

Engineering and Farming

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The Cluck family combines a cow/calf and feeder cattle operation Jeff Cluck of Cedarville, Ark., may not have known where he was going one day...

Wranglers and Anglers

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East of Tulsa, Okla., on Hwy 412, one can certainly tell where the farming life begins. It is almost instantly innocuous. No whirling sounds of emergency vehicles, no threats of crime and an immediate realization of a population decrease. North off of Hwy 412 outside of Inola, Okla., the winding road eventually turned into a one lane road, hovered trees and plentiful wildlife with an amazing stretch of a panoramic view of the Moore’s Fish Farm.

‘Crazy’ for Chickens

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Backyard flock provides endless opportunities for fourth grader Growing up in rural Delaware County, Okla., Susie Niehus watched as her toddler son became enamored with...

Adapting to Maintain Quality

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The Collins Farms, located in Van Buren County, just outside Scotland, Ark., is home to Richard Collins and his 19-year-old son Shane. His dad Richard Sr. still lives in the house Richard grew up in, just about a mile from Scotland in the opposite direction. Richard’s family is most important to him. Every Sunday after church is family time where they meet at the Collins' home and have a meal together. Richard said, “You can find me sitting right here (meaning on the sofa) holding my first grandbaby, who is nine weeks old.” The mother is his 27-year-old daughter, Shannon Baker, who is a teacher.

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