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How Cows Could Repair the World - Allan Savory at TED
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Choosing the Right Hay Trailer
The right hay trailer should fit your equipment,
your use, and your budget
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales, there’s nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.
If you’ve got enough tractors and labor, and would like to minimize the up front cost of a trailer, then traditional inline, self-unloading hay trailers are a good choice. These trailers typically load bales with a tractor’s hayforks from the rear, until the trailer’s cradle is full. When the trailer reaches its destination, a lever is pulled and the hay bales are rocked then rolled off the cradle by gravity.
If a farmer or rancher is choosing a traditional inline, self-unloading hay trailer, there are two questions they need to ask: 1) How reliable do I want the trailer to be, and 2) How long do I want it to last?
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Sarah Childs as 2011 Woman of the Year in Agriculture
Award Recognizes Women Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions To Florida Agriculture
Tallahassee, FL – The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Sarah K. Childs of Lake Placid has been named the 2011 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. The award, now in its 27th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.
“Sarah has been a long-time ambassador for Florida’s agriculture, livestock and ranching industries,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Her dedication, commitment and service to this state and our community are unmatched and it is an honor to present her with this year’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture award.”
Childs is an integral part of Lykes Bros. Cattle Ranch and Citrus Division, where she works to ensure the company is in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. She has been an enthusiastic participant in Florida’s agriculture industry, dedicating her time and talents for more than 40 years to organizations, such as Florida Cattlewomen’s Association, Florida Beef Council, Florida Hereford Association, Highlands County Youth Livestock Show and the Highlands County Cattlemen’s Association. She is the only woman to serve two non-consecutive terms as Florida Cattlewomen’s Association President and as a 4-H Leader has been a chief proponent of providing youth educational and leadership opportunities for more than 15 years.
Her commitment to increasing the awareness of the importance of agriculture and the wholesomeness of agricultural commodities also extends beyond the agricultural community. Childs has taken her vast knowledge to reach out to non-agricultural audiences on the local, state and national level, spreading the word about the safety of Florida’s agricultural commodities, promoting beef in grocery stores and providing leadership on special projects, such as the Feed the Hungry program (Chairman) and Animal Rights (Chairman).
Childs will be presented with the award on February 13, 2012, during the Ag Woman of the Year Luncheon at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The award is sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida State Fair Authority.
For more information about the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award or to view a list of past recipients, visit http://www.florida-agriculture.com/agwoman/index.htm.
Open Letter on NNC
President Stickland Testifies Before Congress
Cowboy Heritage Exhibit
Jan. 13, 2011