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The Acres U.S.A. March 2017 issue; Vol. 47, No. 3; contains the following:


Tough to Beat
by Barbara Berst Adams
Husband and wife Michael Kelly and Rebecca Wellman operate Treebird Organics, a deeply thoughtful and beyond organic pastured pork, beef and egg farm.

Resilient Farming for a Changing Climate
by Mary Howell & Klaas Martens
Create a resilient farming system that is agile and elastic enough to roll with curve balls, allows for midstream changes and emerges productive, no matter what the weather brings.

Egg Laying Breed Selection
by Kelly Klober
Pretty and productive are not always the same in the poultry yard. Breed choice is certainly a subjective thing, but most of the better performers are on the unspectacular-looking side of the spectrum.

Eggs on the Move
by Richard J. Skelly
Meet a New Jersey entrepreneur whose company focuses on innovation to keep organic egg processing and distribution moving forward.

Meat of the Matter
by Jill Henderson
Once the Protiva family began pasturing poultry they were able to rejuvenate the soil, feed their growing family, connect with community and build a business that has thrived for 21 years.

Lessons from the First Year
by Leigh Glenn
No matter how much you read or how many field days you attend, nothing teaches you about farming as quickly as just doing it. That’s the key lesson that Brandi and Daniel French learned in their first year of raising pastured poultry.

Food Freedom Fight
by Katherine Bell
At the same time that the good food movement is gaining ground among consumers, the government, on certain fronts, continues to hinder growth. Yet, there is much that can be done by the farmers and their customers to succeed.

On-Farm Feed Sources
by Leigh Glenn
No matter the scale of your operation — from backyard to farms of hundreds of acres — you can increase the health of your animals while decreasing your reliance on purchased feed.

Interview: Baylen Linnekin Dangerous Waters
Attorney, professor and author Baylen Linnekin tackles food safety laws and government oversight.



View from the Country

Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Scientific Proof
Will Winter, D.V.M., examines scientific research and its ties that bind, including studies from land grant colleges, where research is often manufactured like sausage.

The Harvest Table: Bone Up on Broth
Incorporating bones into our diet through broth and demi-glace improves the flavor of soups, stews and braised dishes and offers countless health benefits.

Stock & Flock: Beef in the Snow
New York grazier Meg Grzeskiewicz shares keys to running a successful, low-input beef enterprise even in harsh winter conditions.

Small-Scale Success:Do-It-Yourself Incubation
With a few simple tools and materials, you can build an incubator for hatching poultry. The author shares her experience with guineas.

Reviews & Recommendations
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here are our picks.




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