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Organizers of Purdue Extension's Indiana Pastured Poultry Branding Initiative will host a public webinar for consumers, farmers and food industry professionals interested in learning more about the project, its benefits for consumers and farmers, and how to get involved. The webinar, to be held at 7 p.m. EDT Dec. 6, is free and open to the public. The agenda will include an overview of the initiative and discussion of its current status and future direction.
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Hellbenders have been rapidly declining since the 1980s due to various factors, including poor water quality. Many ecological issues contribute to poor water quality, and one important issue we can focus on is how we use the land around rivers and streams. Livestock owners along rivers and streams can greatly reduce the impact of their operations on water quality using a number of different management practices.
Applications are being accepted for a 4-H program that gives teens a firsthand look at agribusiness management in the dairy industry.
While most agricultural tourists responding to a Purdue University survey indicated that agriculture is an important industry, those who said they had visited a livestock farm tended to have concerns about how animal feeding operations affect water quality in their county.
Smaller hog breeding herds and lower production costs could lead to modest profits for pork producers in 2016, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
Purdue Extension has developed a pair of Web-based, interactive resources to help new producers and anyone thinking about starting a small-scale livestock operation to make critical budgeting decisions.
Recent mild weather has set the stage for what could be a significant infestation of potentially deadly parasites in sheep and goats this spring, a Purdue Extension expert says.

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