"Thinking through those ‘what if’ scenarios will pay off if there is a manure spill, a fire, an animal health emergency, a sudden death of a key person on the farm, et cetera,” said Kimmi Devaney, livestock program manager for ISDA.
“I attended a zoning meeting about unlicensed dog kennels. It got ugly. I realized my 50 cows make more mess and noise than nine to 10 dogs, and I decided to get the highest certification I could get to stay above the law in case it ever happens to me.”
Grants available to help fund poultry, livestock expansions
Farmers interested in expanding their pasture-raised poultry or livestock operations may be eligible for grants of up to $2,500 from nonprofit Fund-a-Farmer. The project is also for those who want to transition to a pasture-based system.
Judge expands potential claim pool for egg price-fixing case
Two of the nation’s largest egg producers face possible settlement costs of $100 million or more following a federal judge’s ruling, which extended class action status in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the victims of an elaborate egg price-fixing scheme.