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  1. USDA Boosts Food Assistance for Homeless Young Adults Seeking Refuge in Shelters

    I'm glad to hear that there will be fewer hungry people out there. The target age range is disturbing though. That's the age when adults should be starting their careers. It's troubling that so many need help with the basics. That can't speak well of our economy.
  2. Pigs keep escaping

    It's possible that you didn't bury the chicken wire deep enough. If you want to add an electric fence, look for a solar-powered option.
  3. Neighbor's geese chasing my goats

    When I told my neighbor about it, he said it would be okay if the dogs chased them back. But I trained my dogs not to bother anything unless they're told to. My wife and I both have day jobs, so there's not anyone here to say sic 'em. The problem might be solved though. When I pulled up for...
  4. Neighbor's geese chasing my goats

    I live in a rural area so my neighbor is a good distance away. I rarely come across his animals, but lately some of his geese have been coming over and chasing my goats. Is there any way to head this off? I can't say that my dogs are any help.
  5. ATV mess!

    I'm sorry that happened. You know they knew better. I'd probably start asking around and let your neighbors know to be on the lookout. It could happen to them too.
  6. Cash crops in the PNW?

    Hops, wheat, and dry beans are popular commercial crops in that area. So are apples, grapes, and other cane berries. If it were me, I'd probably plant artichokes since they are a perennial crop that won't grow in plenty of other regions.
  7. good,bad idea to start farming

    Start where you're already at if you can. Look at your land. What can you grow that others will want. Do you have a pond on your property? You could start with crawfish and frogs. I'm just brainstorming. I wouldn't go into major debt to get started. Work with what you have. What region...
  8. Improving pasture

    What do you think gives you the most bang for your buck when it comes to improving pasture growth and usability? I try to use chemicals sparingly, but I'm not totally against them.
  9. Valentine's Day Plans?

    I'm very sorry to hear that. It must've been tough. Heck, I'm sure it's still tough. I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix it for you somehow. Camping in the woods together doesn't sound like such a letdown now.
  10. Valentine's Day Plans?

    What are you guys doing for Valentine's Day? Any plans in the works? I know some people don't celebrate it, but my wife and I usually go all out and take a trip. It's the perfect time of year to do so since it's before planting season. The pandemic has thrown a huge wrench in our plans this...
  11. How does no-till farming work exactly?

    I've seen you guys mention it on here a time or two and I can't figure out how it works. I've heard of lasagna gardening and I'm assuming you're talking about the same thing. So, how do you get the seeds or transplants into the soil? Do you use a shovel and dig a hole for each one? That...
  12. Require vaccines?

    I don't have any employees, but I work in construction and we're required to get vaccinations like the tetanus shot. The COVID-19 vaccination is going to be required as well when it's readily available. I don't believe anyone has asked for an exemption.
  13. Raising yaks

    This is pure speculation, but I bet it's difficult to source your first few animals since raising them isn't common around here. That could put some people off.
  14. Wattle fencing

    Yeah, that makes sense. It looks like it will make a decent trellis for climbing vegetables and such. If I build it high enough, it might even keep deer out.
  15. Take risk or play it safe?

    I guess you could say that I play it safe every year. I grow what I know will thrive on my land when given half a chance. I see no reason to change that.
  16. Wattle fencing

    Have you ever tried to make a wattle fence? My wife likes the way they look and they seem easy enough to make, but I question whether it would actually hold anything in. Does it really work for small animals like chickens and rabbits?
  17. Do you have a preferred month for piglets

    This website has the best calendar for breeding swine that I've found. I use it all the time to get the timing right. I usually wait to breed them until the pasture has filled out and there's plenty of forage so I don't have to spend a ton on feed.
  18. Compostable livestock mat

    I have not had a good experience with the single-use livestock mats that are supposed to be compostable. They work fine as mats, but I'm questioning the compostable part because I cut mine down into small bits and it's still not breaking down. Have you tried those mats? Are they really...
  19. Barn floor options

    When we bought the place, the barns were already in place and the floors are made of concrete. I have placed livestock mats and straw over that.
  20. Your dream list

    Emus and elk make my list. I think they're majestic creatures and I'd probably enjoy working with them. I've actually looked into it and there's not a viable market around here or I'd probably give it a shot.