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Today and All Days, We Thank #OurFarmers

Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of America.

They grow food to feed us, fiber to clothe us, and fuel to run our homes and cars. In doing so, they also provide economic stability across the nation – stability that supports rural economies and creates much-needed jobs in local communities. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, we all have daily reason to celebrate and thank #ourfarmers.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: For the Love of Farms

In this week’s #FridaysOnTheFarm, we travel to Slick, Oklahoma, where 79-year-old Patricia Crenshaw has owned and operated her late father’s cattle operation for the past 18 years.

For Pat, farming is more than a business – it’s a joyful way to contribute to her community and the overall health of her land.

 

New Science Shows Benefits of Grazing Native Warm-Season Grasses

When it comes to keeping cows fat and happy, the newest available science shows integrating native grasses into grazing lands is a good option for agricultural producers.

A literature review conducted by the University of Tennessee and funded by USDA found strong evidence that using native warm-season grasses caused steers to gain more weight per day and yield more beef per acre, compared with non-native grasses like tall fescue.

Building a Business on Goats and Gelato

In this week’s #FridaysOnTheFarm, meet Gary Carder, veteran and owner of Capream Dairy in Prescott, Arizona. This Grade-A goat dairy specializes in the production of milk, gelato, and cheese, which are sold at retail locations around the state.

With goals to expand the company over the next few years, Capream plans to grow its employee base by creating job opportunities for people in the area. Gary also hopes to partner with local schools to give students hands-on experience with the goat industry.
 

Dairy Producers Receive a Boost from USDA

In farm country outside Buffalo, New York, you will find Frank Valent working with his 80 or so Holstein and Jersey cows to put milk on America’s table. Travel over to Ohio, Frank Burkett III operates a larger dairy operation with around 700 Holsteins. 

These dairymen may manage different size farms, but they have more in common than both being named Frank. Like dairy farmers across the country, both are facing low milk prices, increasing operational costs, and waning consumer demand.

#FridaysOnTheFarm: Nebraska Couple Works to Welcome Wildlife

From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs and innovation. Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.