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Can You Raise Pigs Without Antibiotics?

Current Antibiotic Use As of January 1, 2017 (FDA Directive 209 and 213), antibiotics can only be used for therapeutic and sub-therapeutic use. What does…
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Answers on Antibiotics - An Interview with Dr. Leah Dorman

As a member of the U. S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Digital Voices Council, I had the opportunity to attend an educational event recently that…
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Are Dairy Cows Constantly Pregnant?

A cow has to give birth to produce milk.  When does a cow give birth to her first calf? It varies from farm-to-farm, but on…
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The Unexpected Lesson Gardening Taught My Family

When my kids were toddlers (they are in college now), my husband and I took on gardening as a way to save on groceries and…
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What are High School Health Teachers Telling our Kids?

Our kids are bombarded every day with health and nutrition information and misinformation in the news. But what are they learning in the classroom? And…
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Why I Don't Always Buy Local

If you have access to a local blueberry farm, by all means — please go with your family and friends, eat a few ripe ones…
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The Gap between Foodie Culture and Knowledge of Food

Millennials have often been referred to as the “foodie generation” because of their obsession with posting food pictures on social media. There is a lot…
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What ‘Local’ Should Mean To You

Locally grown. Locally served. You probably see these two terms on your menu when you’re at a restaurant or buying beef in the meat case, right?…
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The Truth About Dairy With Carla Wardin

Carla Wardin and her husband Kris are dairy farmers in St. Johns, Michigan, where they milk 400 cows and raise corn and alfalfa to feed…
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Protecting Bees and Butterflies to Promote Pollination on our Farm

We established 16 acres of pollinator habitat on my farm this year planting 3-5 acre plots of prescribed perennial grasses and wild flowers within 6…
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