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Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of February 27, 2012

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Jobs for the utility tractor

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Chuck in Minnesota. He's contemplating a compact utility tractor purchase because he needs a loader and a bigger mower. However, he wants to get the most for his money and is looking for other ideas on how he can use the tractor.

Radio interview source: Dan Paschke, John Deere Product Manager John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Jobs for the utility tractor

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Oil disposal

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Craig in Vermont. He wants to start changing the oil in his utility tractor himself, but isn't sure how to properly handle it.

Radio interview source: Jim Wills, Biosystems Engineering Professor, University of Tennessee

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Oil disposal

Pond sand drop

If you're looking for a way to tame the vegetation and mud on the bottom of your pond, take advantage of the ice deck. Sand and rock spread over the ice will drop in when it thaws, carpeting the bottom.

Radio interview source: Tim Matson, Consultant/Author Earthponds

Listen here: Pond sand drop

Training a chicken

With some patience and a sense of humor, you may discover your favorite chicken is no dumb cluck. You can train your chicken to do tricks by using the click method.

Radio interview source: Lisa Ewing, Chicken Trainer, The Avian Medical Center

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Dog food trends

Dog foods have come a long way in providing complete nutrition. As new trends in pet food emerge, do your research and be sure your dog is still eating healthy.

Radio interview source: Dr. Jennifer Coates, Veterinarian, Petmd.com

Listen here: Dog food trends

Getting land ready for sale

In some parts of the country land values have gone up dramatically. If you have land you're planning to sell, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of a smooth sale, and to receive top-dollar.

Radio interview source: Aaron Steele, Community Planner, Going Rural Guide

Listen here: Getting land ready for sale

Web Soil Survey

Whether you're building a house or putting in a garden, you need to know if the soil is suitable for your plans. Soil maps and data are available for more than 90% of the U.S. through the Web Soil Survey.

Radio interview source: Jon Hempel, Director, National Soil Survey Center

Listen here: Web Soil Survey

Wildlife clinics

When you find a sick or injured wild animal or bird, don't try to care for it yourself. Take it to a wildlife clinic. Wildlife rehabilitators will properly treat the animal and release it back to its natural habitat.

Radio interview source: Michele Wellard, Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitator, The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education

Listen here: Wildlife clinics

ATV riding tips

ATV's are a joy to ride, but drivers and riders should learn how to handle the machine. Proper body posture and position, and practicing the right driving skills are critical for safety.

Radio interview source: Amber Purcell, Chief Instructor, ATV Safety Institute

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Country View: Carrie Oliver - Artisan Beef Institute - Santa Rosa, CA

Carrie Oliver created the Artisan Beef Institute to help consumers and restaurants find the flavor qualities they prefer in meat, and the ability to describe those preferences. She hosts tastings across North America, using a guide with three criteria she developed to help consumers decide what they like.

Radio interview source: Carrie Oliver, Founder, Artisan Beef Institute

Listen here: Country View: Carrie Oliver - Artisan Beef Institute - Santa Rosa, CA

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