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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 at-Risk Farmers

Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

Project Number: 6020-21310-009-51
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 01, 2013
End Date: Aug 31, 2018

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

Approach:
Cooperative research has led 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 feasibility of incorporating research findings into production practices. Both undergraduates and graduate students will work with both parties to achieve project goals.

Last Modified: 12/17/2014
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