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ISSUE DATE: 09/16/2013

An age-old practice becomes a new-age favorite

By Stuart Estes

Commercial poultry production is a vital part of agricultural activities across the middle of the country in states like Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. This is particularly true in Arkansas, where poultry production is an integral part of the agricultural landscape, contributing to the welfare of the state both economically and nutritionally.

Now, many people are revisiting an older form of poultry production, namely, backyard chicken farming.

Before the advent of modern commercial poultry production, backyard chicken farming was commonplace across the country. Improved technology and production practices made it more practical for the backyard producers to become consumers as it became easier and more inexpensive to purchase poultry products.

The new generation of backyard chicken farmers is primarily influenced by two factors, namely, the desire for a fresher, more organic source of poultry products and for the pleasure that comes from raising and caring for a flock of chickens.

“The backyard movement is driven by the organic, all-natural movement and by a generation of folks my age [baby-boomers] who are retiring,” said Mike McClintock, a Boone County, Ark., Extension agent. “The folks who are my age do it for the emotional gratification.”


NEWS

Arkansas River Compact Administration to meet Sept. 17
Congress, primed on Syria, readies for farm bill fight
Farm Safety and Health Week recognized
Kansas Income Tax Institute planned in 8 locations
Keep food safety in mind when going back to school
K-State climate program gains national recognition
Make farming with arthritis easier
Mid-America leading indicators up for August
NFU board passes resolution on farm bill, COOL and the RFS
Publicly funded agricultural research has a high return on investment
Tom Bradley to moderate the Food Dialogues
USDA awards funds to promote development of rural wood to energy projects
USDA calls on ag supporters to join #MyFarmBill campaign
Website redesign launches for education foundation

CROPS

AgriLife Extension expert: China holds large supply of cotton, market in sideways pattern
Beneficial fungi examined for battle against destructive beetles
Brazil boosts purchases of Kansas wheat
Crop prices retreat from 2012 highs as drought's effects dissipate
Dry weather helping row crop farmers, worrying ranchers
'Focus on Soybean' webcast covers aphid thresholds in light of higher soybean prices
Grain production decrease expected while rebuilding cattle numbers
Kansas ethanol future at crossroads
Nebraska Soybean Board endows soybean research at UNL
New harvesting technology helps cotton farmers control expenses
Noble Foundation launches business development effort
NSP board elects officers, welcomes new director
Private pesticide applicator training in Springfield, Mo., on Oct. 17
Report: Conservation work minimizes sediment, nutrient runoff
Report: Kansas corn crop maturing slowly
Scientists searching for ways to control an agricultural nuisance
Sorghum Checkoff, USDA-ARS team up to enhance sorghum genetics
Soybean farmers accept 'Acre Challenge' to reduce malnutrition
Soybean rivals team up on common issues
Target spot turns up in cotton fields
UNL Extension to host Water and Weeds Tour
USDA awards Conservation Innovation Grants
UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors alumni, partners
Vegetable research station to host edamame field day
Weather creating ideal conditions for insects in soybeans
Young Ag Leadership Conference scheduled

LIVESTOCK

$10,000 Murray Wise scholarship awarded to Karl Kerns
American Angus accepting consignments for National Western Angus Bull Sale
An age-old practice becomes a new-age favorite
Consider fenceline weaning of calves
Cuming County livestock group donates to vet diagnostic center
Eirich appointed director of BQA
Enrollment open in IRM Pen of 5 feedout
Entry deadlines draw near for 2013 NILE Stock Show
Flying T Ranch wins Feeders and Friends fundraiser
Help your refractometer do its job better
Horses and blister beetles
Iowa State in the forefront of air emissions research at Midwest Swine Facility
Iowa State professor honored for research accomplishments
Iowa State professor honored with faculty development award
Judge expedites horse slaughter case
NAILE Shorthorn steer show goes non-terminal
NILE Horse Haven plans announced
NILE names new general manager
OCA seeking consignments for fall cattle drive
Penny saved, dollar lost?
Preventing respiratory acidosis in newborn calves
Raising the Bar Conference set for Nebraska
Researcher develops innovative vaccine for profit-draining swine virus
South Dakota Stockgrowers to host annual convention
Texas Beef Council hosts Beef Boot Camp
USCA: Court denies preliminary injunction in COOL lawsuit
USMEF-China begins a new chapter in pork marketing
UW bulletin highlights crop, cattle, sheep and weed research
Young entrepreneurs hatch nation's largest free-range chicken operation
Zoetis now accepting proposals for 2013 Horse Call Grant Program

EDITOR

Fighting Chairman Lucas
Reader questions King's Interstate Commerce Act
We will never forget

COLUMNS

Cattle market good for now
Company releases silage corn hybrids
Embracing the hungry, rejecting the farmer
Feeding the Class of 2017
New small square baler added to manufacturer's line
Not in my backyard, revisited

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock auction summary
Another hot, dry week across state kansas
Dodge City livestock auction report
Drought conditions worsen oklahoma
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Excessive heat, dry conditions persist colorado
Grain bids mixed, soybeans lower
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Little precip, above average temps stress crops missouri
McAlester livestock summary report
Most hay classes selling steady
Most row crops in fair to good condition
OKC West livestock auction report
Ozarks stockyards auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Prep begins for row crop harvest South Dakota
Soil moisture levels decline
Some areas of state remain hot, dry
Some areas remain dry
Springfield livestock auction report
Summer temps remain
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warmer, drier than normal weather iowa
Weather remains hot and dry
Weather stresses dryland crops, pastures

RANGE

Cover crops have benefits for grain production and graze-out systems
Farmers will learn to reduce hay wastage at MU forage field day
Managing production, feeding of hay
PLC kicks off annual meeting
Timing of last alfalfa cutting affects stand
Western Colorado: Front Range should go elsewhere for water

FAMILY

10th annual Fall Gardening Workshop set Sept. 28
20 chosen to serve on 2013-14 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team
Bountiful harvest draws large crowds at Tomato Festival
Crows Nest ideal for very large families
Freezing sweet corn
Helpful household tips
It's not your grandma's canning
Look for performance labeling on homes, dwellings
Meditation
Nutrition program provides free education to Oklahoma County families, youth
Snappy beans
Tomatoes take center stage

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