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The next time you walk around the farm, look for the birds
If you have a lot of birds on your farm, chances are the ecosystem is healthy. Researchers at the University of Nebraska have developed what they call a “healthy farm index.” It measures...
When humans can’t help a loved one, sometimes an animal can
My grandmother is in a nursing home and tells me her favorite days are when the dogs and cats come to visit. A kitty on her lap makes her feel like a little girl again. Animal therapy is used in...
Age and health of your horse are two factors
The decision to retire a horse should not be made solely on age. Carey Williams is an extension equine specialist at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She says some 20-year-old horses...
Appropriate precautions make a big difference
Radio interview source: Carolyn Sheridan, Clinical Director, AgriSafe Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Rural life is often associated with fresh, country air. Unfortunately, some...
Cancer survivor Deborah Marqui opens her historic St. Charles, Illinois farm and gardens to share the soothing power of the natural world.
An Illinois woman opens her historic farm and gardens to share the soothing power of the natural world.
During two bouts with cancer, Deborah Marqui of St. Charles, Illinois turned to nature to help her heal. “In 1995 I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and then in November of 2001...
A spoonful of honey helps the medicine go down, but there are other health benefits.
Soothe sore throats, make skin supple, and get an energy boost with honey. Catherine Barry is the director of marketing for the National Honey Board. She says honey has been used...
Keeping chickens can be a wonderful hobby for any acreage owner, but like with any animal, things can go wrong. Here are some common problems, along with explanations and solutions.
Rural residents should be on the lookout for symptoms of leptospirosis in their pets, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This increasingly common bacterial infection can cause serious...
Heartworm disease isn't as common in cats as in dogs, but it does happen. Mosquitoes are carriers of heartworms, so learn how to protect your cat. Radio interview source: Dr. Paul Maza,...