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Ag News and Views: March 2006

Agri-tourism: Alternative Income Opportunities for Farm and Ranch Families

Agri-tourism offers tremendous profit potential for Oklahoma farm and ranch families by providing an opportunity for "old aggies" to reconnect with their past and city dwellers to experience, maybe for the first time, life in the country.

Developing Heifers Properly is Key to a Productive Cow Herd

Due to current high cattle prices, many producers have intentions of retaining and developing heifers from their spring calf crop. Before undertaking this endeavor, consult an economist, or pencil it out yourself to determine the economic feasibility of raising your own replacement heifers.

Did You Know? New Features on the Ag Division's Web Site

It hardly seems possible, but here we are, well into 2006. So, what's new? One thing you may not be aware of is NF Ag News and Views now is available electronically instead of in the printed format....

Fires - Not All Are Created Equal

During recent months, wildfires have burned thousands of acres in Oklahoma and north Texas. Media coverage has been extensive, and all accounts I have seen report on the devastation and destruction...

Improve Your Bottom Line with Integrated Crop Management

Integrated Crop Management (ICM) is an approach to farming or ranching that aims to balance production factors with economic and environmental considerations.

So You Want to Rotationally Graze...

With the spring season approaching, pasture management issues are foremost in producers' minds. Fertility, herbicide treatments, pasture establishment and, for some, setting up a rotational grazing system are such issues.

Tax and Program Assistance for Drought and Wildfire Victims

When an unexpected wildfire blazes through a property, it generally leaves behind the charred ashes of grass, trees, fences and possibly buildings. Landowners will immediately think of the loss in value the wildfire has created, but, in the eyes of the IRS, is there a deductible loss?