Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

John Deere to Sell Diagnostic Software Directly to Farmers

 Farmers Demand Right to Fix Their Own Dang Tractors] Farmers across the US have long wanted the right to fix their own tractors. And in March, John Deere—which controls 50 percent of the tractor and combine trade in North America— announced it would give it to them. Kind of. Farmers’ fight to fix their own machinery […]

Why You Should Always Wear an Equestrian Helmet

Did you know that equestrian sports are the biggest contributor to sports-related traumatic brain injuries? A  study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery found that horseback riding contributed to 45.2 percent of all sports-related brain injuries. As horseback riders, we love our sport. The thrill of working as a team with an animal much larger than […]

The Curious Case of the Horse’s Frog

The frog, that wedge-shaped cushion or pad on the bottom of the horse’s hoof, is nature’s answer to equine traction, circulation, shock absorption and, apparently, humankind’s curious attempt at naming parts of the horse. Why, of all the nouns in the world, was “frog” chosen to describe something that really has little resemblance to its […]

Why Zebras Have Stripes and Other Dazzling Facts

Zebras are the showboaters of the Equidae family with their flashy coats and exotic locales. It’s their stripes that noticeably set them apart from our beloved horses, much the way the donkeys’ long ears set them apart. And this is why I have decided to delve into the reason zebras have stripes. Why so snazzy? […]

One Exercise I Return to Frequently When Developing the Canter

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians. Every Monday we’ll bring you a new lesson from a leading trainer to help you troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s featured rider: Karl Cook teaches strategic riding. Welcome back! Last week, we discussed why the canter needs […]

5 Spring Horse Hoof Care Tips

Spring is a beautiful time of year. The first crocuses of the year are poking their bright green heads out of the ground. The sounds of robins fill the air and everything begins to turn lush again after a long, dreary winter. Unfortunately, when it comes to horse hoof care, spring isn’t all good things. […]

It’s Time to Put Daylight Saving Time to Bed

Have you heard the one about Daylight Saving Time (DST) and farmers? As the story goes, farmers and agriculture groups lobbied for DST in order to have more light at the end of their day to complete their work. One Texas state rep even credited farmers with introducing DST, when he promoted a bill that […]

Oregon Becomes Eighth State to Pass Overtime Pay for Farmworkers

After recent years of record-high temperatures and raging wildfires, Oregon farmworkers will now be entitled to overtime pay under a bill passed by the state legislature last week. The legislation states that farmworkers will eventually be entitled to overtime pay after 40 hours of work. If signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, as is expected, […]

In Georgia, 19 Families Are Building a Farm to Feed Their Black Community

Ashley Scott got a glimpse of what it means to be self-sufficient far before the era of pandemic gardening. It was 2014, and Scott, fresh out of college, decided to grow a patch of cucumbers in her backyard as a small pet project. Weeks later, however, her tiny garden manifested into something bigger than she’d […]

What Will It Take to Tackle America’s Feral Hog Problem?

Josh Ritchey has become accustomed to seeing craters and ruts strewn across his fields—signs of unwelcome visitors on his Stephenville, Texas farm. Often, before harvest time rolls around, a good portion of his wheat and hay crop have been plowed over or rooted up.The culprit? Drifts of feral swine that demolish anything in their path. […]

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