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    Ten Ways to Add Value to Your Services

    The saying, “nothing is for free” isn’t necessarily true especially when you’re talking about added value services you can offer your client. These are services you offer your clients in addition to your regular services. They can be standalone services or they can incorporate existing features of your current services. Either way, they provide an added value to your clients – once that puts you above your competition in your client’s eyes.

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    The Top 7 Productivity Killers

    As a small business owner you wear many hats. Office administration, marketing, sales, bookkeeping, advertising, customer relations: it never ends. Your to-do list is growing as quickly as your energy level is plummeting. Oh, and you need to make more time for yourself and your family. There just isn’t enough time!

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    In Business, a Blast From the Past

    In years past, people didn't always buy needed goods, they also bartered, or traded, items of equal worth. Today, modern barter proves highly sophisticated. Companies join business-to-business barter networks that allow them to convert their products or services into "trade dollars" or bartering currency. Businesses can then use their trade dollars to purchase needed products and services without using cold, hard currency.

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    Future of Farming and Ranching

    The longevity of farm and ranch operations can be determined partially by the manager's ability to develop a farm business plan, implement it, and monitor the outcome. The first step in developing the plan is to list the goals of the business. However, you should first devise the vision and mission statement to provide direction.

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    Young Farmers & Ranchers Anticipate Bright

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2008 – The availability of land and farm facilities and overall profitability remain the top challenges of America’s young farmers and ranchers. However, they also believe they are better off today than five years ago, and they are more optimistic about the future of farming.

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    Bees in Crisis

    At stake is more than just honey; many important U.S. crops rely on pollination services provided by commercial beekeepers, including apples, almonds, peaches, soybeans, pears, pumpkins, cucumbers, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. “For instance, Pennsylvania’s $45 million apple crop—the fourth largest in the country—is completely dependent on insects for pollination, and 90 percent of that pollination comes from honey bees,” says Maryann Frazier, a senior extension associate in entomology who specializes in apiculture. “So, the value of honey bee pollination to apples is about $40 million.” In total, honey bee pollination contributes about $65 million to the value of crops in the state.

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    How to Kick-Start Your Business

    To succeed in business, you need to have the confidence to make tough calls, the discipline to stick to your guns, yet the knowledge to know when to take a different route. That's where people like Jerome Shore come in. "The biggest issue blocking people's paths is the fear of failure," says Shore, co-founder of The Coaching Clinic in Toronto. "In fact, that's often the only issue.”

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    Wind Farm Efficiency

    Wind power is an incredibly clean renewable power source. To capture the energy in wind, wind farms are used. So, how about wind farm efficiency? Wind power is the process by which wind is used to generate power or electricity. The power of the wind is actually a form of solar power wind change and variability is caused by uneven heating of the ground by the sun. In order to fully use the power that the wind is capable of generating, many countries have set up wind farms.

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    Food Hygiene, The eight principles Of "From F

    Food hygiene can be compromised at eight different stages in its supply and preparation. These stages start on the farm and end on the fork. At every stage great care must be taken to ensure that the end product will be safe to eat. Let's define all eight stages. The eight stages are: FROM FARM TO FORK!

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    Mourning Dove Abundance Can Be Managed

    Mourning dove is the most abundant dove species, the most abundant game bird and one of the most abundant songbirds in southern Oklahoma and north Texas (other dove species that occur here include rock dove, Eurasian collared-dove, white-winged dove, Inca dove and occasionally common ground-dove). Many people enjoy watching, feeding, photographing and hunting mourning dove. More people (about 520,000 during 2001) hunt dove in Texas and Oklahoma than hunt any other game species except deer.

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    Staying Ahead by Pooling Resources

    Let's face it - it is difficult to justify having haying equipment when all you have is 10 acres. However, if you and your neighbors can work together, why not pool your resources? Small acreage producers, and even larger producers, can benefit from associations and cooperatives.

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    Goats and Weed Control

    With costs on the rise, many landowners are seeking less expensive alternatives to mechanical or chemical weed control in pastures. One natural method to achieve this goal is to stock goats to consume unwanted brush and weeds. For the typical cattle producer, however, managing goats requires a very different approach to meet their nutritional needs and to control their movement.

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    Beware of Hazardous Materials in Barns, Shops

    Growing up, I remember going to my great-uncle's farm and looking through his barn/shop. Behind the old wooden doors, jugs of herbicides and insecticides, barrels of oil and grease, tools, his welder and whatever implements or tractor he had taken apart covered the dirt floor. When the floor got in bad shape, he would occasionally throw a shovel or two of soil over the top to "clean it up." Over the many years he used that old barn, there was no telling what had dripped, leaked or been knocked over and spilled. Honestly, did any of you visualize your barn or shop as I was describing this one?

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    Answer Key Questions Before Choosing a Water

    Over the past few months, I have been receiving more questions about the costs of watering livestock. If you can get the electric company to run a line to your well for less than about $10,000, you might wish to stay with the electric company. Of course, you will have a monthly energy charge from the electric company. A solar-powered pump system will cost about $7,000 (not including piping, storage tank, wiring, well, etc.) and a windmill will cost about $10,000 (windmill stand, motor and not much more). Wind-powered electric motors will be similar in price to the solar-powered pump systems. Remember, even if you do not connect to the electric company's power system, you will have maintenance expenses associated with each system.

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    An Integrated, Homemade, Portable Salt/Minera

    Rotational stocking and the management of grazing livestock can range from very basic — even incorrect and deficient — to very precise and totally correct. The desire to be correct in overall management, including the interfacing of management of forage-livestock-human resources and finance management lead to the development and multiple uses of the tool written about herein. Some readers may think this extensive writing on such a simple-looking device is overdone. Bear in mind, however, that the tool is actually very dynamic and its total success in all the interfacing mentioned above depends on the proper construction and management of all aspects of the tool. Total success with the tool depends on using it properly and on other possible intuitive and inventive uses of the tool by the individual grazier.

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    A Written Prescribed Burning Plan Helps to Ac

    Prescribed burning is one of the most important land management tools available to manage native plant communities for wildlife habitat or cattle forage in south-central Oklahoma and North Texas. When properly used, it helps accomplish land management goals, but it can impede accomplishment of goals when applied incorrectly. This article addresses the importance of a written prescribed burning plan.

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    Weigh Pros, Cons When Choosing Summer Nitroge

    When using more than 100 pounds per acre actual nitrogen, nitrogen use and yields improve by splitting it into spring and summer applications (Ball, NF Ag News and Views, June 2004). Deciding what source to use for summer nitrogen can be difficult, because each has its pros and cons. The deciding factor for most producers is their tolerance for risk versus the cost for each type of nitrogen fertilizer. Although there are several available nitrogen sources, this article will cover three of the most common in Noble's service area: ammonium nitrate (34-0-0), urea (46-0-0) and liquid urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN=28-0-0 or 32-0-0). Ammonium nitrate has been the standard for summer applications for many years due to its excellent agronomic properties. The nitrate half is mobile in the soil and can move to roots for rapid uptake. The ammonium half attaches to clay particles and releases nitrogen over time. One of ammonium nitrate's advantages is that it is not usually subject to volatilization. One of the disadvantages is the high cost per pound of nitrogen. Due to production costs and increased regulations, ammonium nitrate currently costs 20 plus percent more per pound of nitrogen than other common sources.

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    Plan For Winter Pasture During Summer's Heat

    It's the middle of the summer, and I'm writing about winter pasture already! Many of you might be thinking I've lost my mind – well, maybe I have, but it has nothing to do with this subject matter. Planting season for winter pasture is rapidly approaching, and, after the lack of rainfall in our geographic region last fall and winter, there will be less cereal rye and wheat seed available this year. Therefore, if you have not located a source of seed for winter pasture, you'd better start now and reserve your needs as soon as possible. For those who have traditionally used cereal rye, you may be forced to consider other options this season. If you are reading this article and know where rye seed is available, I would appreciate you telling me – I've had several inquiries already this summer that have not been successfully remedied.

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    Goals, Plans Essential for Prescribed Burns

    The Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division recently conducted its annual Prescribed Burning Workshop, and turnout was excellent. Some of us have been discussing the "how to's" and touting the benefits of prescribed burning for so long, we sometimes forget this land management tool is a new concept to some people. With that said, I would like to briefly go over some of the things a person needs to think about before considering and implementing a burn. If you are interested in more detailed information, contact us or plan on attending next year's workshop.

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    Proper Stocking is a Key to Quality Fishing

    A quality fishery begins with proper pond construction, proper water quality (see article "Proper Management Ensures Good Quality Fisheries in Ponds" by Mike Porter) and proper initial stocking. Pond size (surface acres) and goals are the most critical factors when determining the number of fish to stock and the type of fishery. Ponds smaller than 0.5 surface acres or ponds that are muddy due to suspended clay particles are commonly stocked only with channel catfish (CC) at a rate of 100 per surface acre if unfed or 100 to 1,000 per surface acre if fed. Largemouth bass (LMB) should be stocked at a rate of 40 to 50/surface acre to consume excess channel catfish reproduction. CC numbers are then stocked on a put-and-take basis and, when properly managed, can cure the quality fishery symptom for some landowners.

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    Use Moisture Management Strategies to Survive

    In the March 2007 issue of Ag News and Views, Chuck Coffey wrote about rainfall trends over the past several years. In addition, he offered useful methods to avoid a crisis during a drought. This article continues the theme of proactive drought management and offers strategies for moisture management. The basis of water management is to capture as much rainfall as you can through infiltration into the soil, where it is then available for the growth of desired plants. When the rain falls, here are some tips and strategies that will help you capture and use as much of it as you can.

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    Modern High-Power Electric Fencing 101

    There are many different thoughts, ideas and perceptions when it comes to basic electric fence building. There was a time when many people in the industry considered electric fence to be a waste of time and money. However, when a fence is designed and built properly using a low impedance charger, there are few circumstances in which it will not work.

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    Good Management Forms Great Habits

    In this age, we are all bombarded with a large amount of information every day. How you filter for the good information, and then decide what to do with it, is the key to making the information work for you. There are three things you can do after you are confronted with something new. First, you can ignore it. Secondly, you can process the information and maybe use a few highlights at a later date. Finally, you can take the information and apply it.

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    And Now ... The Top Ten Winter Stocker Manage

    These hints can help stocker operators have a more productive winter.

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    What Your Farm Insurance Should Cover

    Agricultural insurance or farm insurance saves farmers and those engaging in agri-business from losses sustained by natural catastrophes. Policies under this insurance are structured to protect the basic needs of the homestead. This is particularly important for small farmers because their farms are both home and business for them. Once the farms are damaged or destroyed, the farmers will be left with no home and money.

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    5 Key Components of a Small Business Acquisit

    Qualifying for a small business acquisition loan can be quite an ordeal to say the least. If the business being sold is very profitable, the selling price will likely reflect a significant amount of goodwill which can be very difficult to finance. If the business being sold is not making money, lenders can be difficult to find even if the underlying assets being acquired are worth substantially more than the purchase price.

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    7 Marketing Ideas Any Company Can Use to Make

    Companies often forget about marketing, thinking they can’t afford much more than the basics. That’s a mistake. There are many smart marketing moves any company can take to increase business – without spending more. The core of this strategy is simple. Whether you have a good message or a mediocre message, you’re going to spend about the same money to put it before your customers. But which will pull in more business?

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    The Best Way to a Farm Loan Success

    Makeing a succes loan and ensuring your mortgage The most important and difficult part in farm mortgage shopping is to compare the farm loans of different lenders. To understand better you have to know that the farm mortgage contains more than interest rates like quoted rate, points and closing costs. Now you have to understand each part, so the points equals the percents of the farm loan amount. These percents are used to make a higher rate of the farm loan.

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    Working on a Dude Ranch

    People are drawn to dude ranch jobs for a variety of reasons, but none of these reasons include the desire to sit at a desk and wait for retirement. Working at a dude ranch is honest, wholesome, and, often, physical employment. It doesn't even occur to the lazy to apply.

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    Farm and Ranch Loans

    If you are considering the purchase of either a farm or a ranch, you know that the cost of purchasing your property can exceed one million dollars. Quite frankly, not that many people are resourceful enough to fund this purchase themselves. Farm and ranch loans are available to you and at a rate that you can afford. What options do you have to finance your property? With careful research you can examine various plans available to you and close on a deal sooner than you think.

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    Aquifers and Well Owners - a Looming Crisis

    The quality and quantity of available drinking water from wells is being severely compromised. Available water for irrigation drawn from wells is diminishing. The outlook in the United States is for both increased scarcity of water and more health threats from contaminated water. Around the world millions of people, mostly children, die every year from drinking bad water. It could happen in North America, too. That is why all the fuss right now, to make sure it does not happen here and to remedy the situation around the world.

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    Breeding Horses and the Law

    Whether you are in the middle of breeding season or planning for the next, now is the time to take a look at your breeding practices from a legal standpoint.

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    Top of the Mind Awareness in Equine Marketing

    Top of the Mind Awareness, or "TOMA," is being the first supplier a prospective customer thinks of when they think about the horses, equine products, or horse-related services that you offer. Increasing your level of TOMA in your prospects' minds impacts your current sales of horses and services as well as your future sales.

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    Added Value Means Profit

    It is the added value by the entrepreneur that entitles him to profit. Every venture must have the opportunity to add value or it is not a feasible enterprise. Generally there are five categories of business ventures where adding value can be measured.

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    Ranching For Profit - The Soul Of Business

    If profit isn’t the purpose of business, then what is? A lot of farmers and ranchers have a tough time identifying the purposed of their business. They often cite, “providing an income for my family” or “creating opportunities for my kids.”

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    Staff Expectations

    Tips to ensure that your staff are meeting your expectations in a positive manner.

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    Best Practices in Management

    The term "Best Practices" has been used throughout the business world for 20 years. It defines the highest standards of quality for businesses. Banks, automobile makers, grocery chain owners, hospitals, product manufacturers, and most other business industries are familiar with the "best practices" required within their industry to provide the highest quality output of products and services.

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