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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: RESEARCH STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE SMALL FARM EFFICIENCY WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

Project Number: 6227-21310-009-01
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 01, 2009
End Date: May 31, 2014

Objective:
To develop and use tools focused on the issues of small farmers with a focus on issues that impact animal health and farm production efficiency.

Approach:
Cooperative research has lead to improved strategies to reduce stress and disease in livestock and poultry. However, novel approaches are needed to further optimize and quantify production efficiency of small farms. Novel foraging strategies and the use of natural compounds will be tested to reduce stress and eliminate parasites and pathogens in production systems. University partners will assess the economic impact of new methods thereby providing small producers with tools to determine the feasability of incorporating research findings into production practices. Both undergraduate and graduate students will work with both parties to achieve project goals.

Last Modified: 8/22/2014
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