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Looking to import or export? Try these links to see what may be required. Local extension or agriculture agents should be able to help as well.

www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/export/explib.htm

www.usda.gov/subject/subject_E.html (Look toward the bottom of the list for several on export regs)

www.aphis.usda.go (Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service)

www.aphis.usda.gov/export

www.census.gov/foreign-trade/reference/codes/index

 Be sure to check the regulations of all the countries your products will pass through, as well as the county of final destination.  It is possible that you could have to deal with multiple inspections!

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TRADE LAW INFORMATION LINKS

World Wide Virtual Library/Veterinary Medicine

Government Laws & Regulations

http://netvet.wustl.edu/vetmed/law.htm

Global Trade Law/Trade Between Nations

http://www.hg.org/trade.html

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Birds can be a great source of pest assistance. Free roaming guineas will go after ticks. If you live in an area near a deer run, geese will help take care of the parasites that the deer can leave behind.  Lawn mower break down? Again, turn the geese loose. They'll help keep the grass down by eating it. (And if you have goats, they'll help too. But careful with sheep. They will eat down much lower and it could be too much if left in one small area.)

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Walton Feeds has a wonderful section called "The Old Timer's Page". Here you can find information from the "good old days". Great useful, historic information, especially if you're a homesteader. Check it out at: 

http://waltonfeed.com/old

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Do You Know What We've Lost?

According to the book, "Fatal Harvest-the Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture", 97% of the varieties of vegetables that were available to us in 1900, are gone forever. Including some of our most popular foods.

Since 1903 we have lost:

                       Tomato: 80%

                       Lettuce: 92%

                       Corn: 90%/Field, 96%/Sweet

                       Apples: 86% (yes, it's a fruit, but it is important for this list)

Something to think about when you're planning this year's gardens, crops or putting in or adding to an orchard.

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Are you aware that some of the foods we use on a daily basis can actually have a poisonous side to humans if not used properly? The following lists some examples and what NOT to eat when dealing with them:

Apples & Apricots: The seeds or pit, leaves & sap

Asparagus: All but the young stalk

Nettle, Stinging: Stems & leaves

Peach, Plum, Prune: Pit, sap & leaves

Potato: Green parts & sprouts (The potato is also a member of the Deadly Nightshade family!)

Rhubarb: leaves & root   (Note that Rhubarb, in any form, is also toxic to pigs.)

Also, make sure that plants that you have, whether garden or wild, are not toxic to any of your stock, especially if they free range or, as in poultry, roam around your yard. Some common examples: Buttercup, Poinsettia, Wild Cherry (young shoots & wilted leaves), Common Burdock, Black Walnut, English Ivy, Horsetail, Mustard, Milkweed, St. Johnswort, Tansy, Yew.

There are many more. There are also many books and sites where you can do more research. Whenever in doubt,  keep the animal away from the plant and do not allow  the plant (when possible) in grazing area.

 

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There are many books on line that you can take advantage of, whether you are a large operation or small homestead. Or...just want to learn more about agriculture. Many are free. Visit the "Digital Book Index" at:

http://www.digitalbookindex.com

 

 


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