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We bring you feature articles on successful forage producers and their business models to help you enrich your management style.

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What’s a two-bucket gal? A two-bucket gal is a woman who can do two or more things at once: helping on the farm, no matter what the job; wash the family’s greasy clothes; have lunches ready; run the tractor, grain cart or whatever needs running; manage the house; and be the glue of the family.

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You don’t get to choose your family, but you do choose how you communicate and work with them. Read one Oregon family’s story.

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At 13 years old, Nicholas Gutierrez not only has a winning smile, he also has winning alfalfa hay.

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Often dubbed the “nemesis of the livestock industry,” grazing toxic tall fescue can be an “eat or get eaten” proposition. You either choose to spray and plant an endophyte-free variety, rotate crop species, supplement your animals or take a loss where it counts the most … your cattle’s production.

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Summer slump presents a problem to many producers, but when faced with a few hot, empty weeks and hungry cattle, it becomes a real issue.

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Cultural missteps: The Got Milk? slogan is translated in Spanish as “Are you lactating?” The Chinese translation of KFC’s finger-lickin’ good slogan was translated initially as “Eat your fingers off.” It can be tricky working with other languages and cultures.

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