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Producer Features

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


An Ontario “forage master,” Evert Veldhuizen, creates his high-quality forage on Veldale Farms along with his brother and nephew.

Evert’s mother and father started the farm back in 1966 and had farming in their blood.

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At many cattle backgrounding operations, manure is an unwanted byproduct – something to dispose of. But at the Quincey Cattle Co. in Chiefland, Florida, it’s a valuable resource used in forage production.

Calves that enter this preconditioning program spend their time on pasture, not dirt lots.

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At 16 years old, Rick Jones of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, discovered his career path.

What began as an FFA project eight years ago has turned into a growing, thriving business.

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Managing an intensive grazing operation takes more planning than just letting cows onto a pasture.

For Kevin Yon of Yon Family Farm, it’s all about lower inputs and high satisfaction.

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Embracing Alaska’s uniqueness has helped Teri Weiland and her husband, Terry, raise hay in the coldest state in the U.S. for more than 40 years.

The Weilands live in the Matanuska Valley, where many of the farms are only five acres.

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Farmers in the southwest, particularly Texas and Oklahoma, are experiencing the worst drought recorded since the 1930s. Beef and dairy producers have been forced to cut herd sizes, and many won't be able to remain in business.

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