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NO on Measure 15-119

Jackson County government is already struggling to pay its bills and provide basic services such as public safety and libraries. Priorities we all support. Measure 15-119 makes a bad county budget even worse. Voters should reject Measure 15-119 because it’s a cost we can’t afford when essential services and programs are already being cut.

A Cost We Can’t Afford
“The pain will only continue, and will get worse in the next few years as the reserves run out…Only the reserves are preventing even more severe cuts and, ultimately, a state takeover to prevent the complete collapse of county government.”

~ Medford Mail Tribune Editorial, April 21, 2013

Best Farm Dog Breeds


Whether looking for a working dog or just a dog that will enjoy life on the farm, a breed of breeding or bred breeding mix is probably your best option. In research or a non-breeding breed, there are several dog breeds  that are doing well on the farm.

Do not feel like you have to get a purebred dog. Many breed mixtures make excellent farm dogs and are available in shelters, rescues or in local newspapers.

What are the best types of farm dog breeds?

Border Collie

A border collie is a medium sized herd dog, weighing between 27 and 45 pounds. Border Collies are high energy dogs and among the easiest dogs to train. With a double layer, the border collie is naturally equipped to face the elements that it can meet in the life of the farm.

Scottish Collie

He’s just as energetic as the Border Collie, but he’s happy as a working dog and is a natural breeder. Weighing 40 to 70 pounds, and sometimes called an agricultural collie or old agricultural collie, Scottish collies often develop a seemingly intuitive relationship with the farmer.

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd, also known as an Australian, is a popular farm dog. Aussies are natural breeders and have a coat that provides the dog with protection from the elements. Weighing 40 to 65 pounds, Australian Shepherds are good guard dogs, good with children and do it well with other dogs in general.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian cattle dog, also called blue heeler, is another natural breeder who does well on the farm. The Australian Cattle Dog is a good watch dog and easily trained. The dog, which weighs 30 to 35 pounds, has a short coat that is weather resistant.


The corgi is a small herd dog, weighing between 24 and 30 pounds. Corgis have very short legs and a double layer with a weather-resistant layer. Originally bred to drive cattle, hunt vermin and guard farms, flocks of corgi by barking and chewing the heels of cattle.

German shepherd

Considered a herding dog, the German shepherd can be trained as a shepherd and often makes an excellent watchdog on the farm. A large dog, the German Shepherd weighs between 77 and 85 pounds and is a natural, intelligent learner.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog is a non-breeding dog, weighing 80 to 110 pounds. Easily formed, the Bernese Mountain Dog has a weather resistant coat, but cannot be adapted to warmer climates due to the heat sensitivity. A good guard dog, the Bernese dog has a strong pack instinct.

Pyrenees Mastiff

Pyrenees Mountain is an excellent non-herd dog farm and is a guardian of the family, farm, and livestock. With the family, the Grand Pyrenees is calm and faithful, but because of its independent spirit, training is slow. Great Pyrenees men weigh at least 100 pounds and females at least 85 pounds.

Old Sheep English Dog

Another large farm breed on the farm is the Old English Shepherd. The old English sheepdog has a shaggy, double layer with a waterproof layer. Bobtails flock by hitting rather than nibbling. These dogs weigh at least 60 pounds and may reach a weight of over 100 pounds.

Don’t Lose the Farm in Divorce


There are a series of mistakes not to be made when seeking a lawyer for divorce. We advise you to follow the different rules below to find a divorce lawyer so that your wife can’t take the farm from you.

Choosing a divorce lawyer: the law is vast and has many areas of specialty. In the case of divorce, not all lawyers are equal. So always choose a lawyer specializing in divorce, like Attorneys that specialize in family law, and if possible specialized in divorce and matrimonial affairs.

Do not implicate your loved ones: Even if your best friend is a family lawyer, do not implicate him! If you know your lawyer personally, it may have an impact on your file, or even spoil your friendship. Go for an objective advocate and detached from your personal stories.

Trust Word-of-Mouth: To find a competent lawyer, it may be useful to trust word-of-mouth. A parent, colleague, friend, recently divorced? Ask him if he can recommend his lawyer. If a friend recommends someone who has helped him with any other legal problem, do not listen to him. It is absolutely necessary to contact a divorce lawyer, a guarantee of competence in this field.

Be aware of divorce lawyer tariffs: A divorce process necessarily has a high cost. Do not start a procedure if you are not aware of your lawyer’s rates. The latter must communicate them to you clearly from the first appointment. If he does not or seems to evade the tariff issue, feel free to choose another divorce lawyer.

Check the availability of your divorce lawyer: It is essential that your divorce lawyer be available when you need it. Naturally, no lawyer will provide you with a hotline to answer all your little concerns, but your lawyer must be available, and able to set an appointment (telephone or not) within 48 hours after you have asked for it. If your lawyer is unreachable or impossible to contact, change it!

Most Busiest Animals in The World

You may not have noticed but animals work very hard for sustenance and survival too. From tending to their young, preparing shelter and watching out for their colony animals work as hard as humans if not more. Yes! we have animal workaholics too.

Here we shall discuss what animals work the hardest and what they spend most of their time doing. Our top most hardworking animals are:


Without arms and legs, earthworms are very active in recycling nature. They feed on decaying vegetation and convert them to the nutrient-rich soil which is very important for the growth of plants. Some people keep earthworms for their recycling benefits.


Shrews are tiny animals with a very high metabolic rate. Due to their high rate of burning energy, their bodies are in constant need of food for energy. This characteristic makes them constantly on the move looking for food to consume.


Wrasses are brightly colored sea fish. They basically clean after other sea creatures. They come in various sizes. They swim alongside other sea creatures feeding on their waste and carcasses thereby helping to clean the water.


Adult salmon during the spawning season every fall, swim back to the rivers where they were born to spawn their young. To achieve this, they must survive strong currents, predatory animals, and different terrine to get to the river where most often they themselves were born. The journey is so stressful to their bodies that as soon as they finish spawning they die.


Ants come in various species, sizes, and colors. They work very hard gathering and processing food for their colony as their survival depend on fending and proving for their young They are known to lift loads up to 50 times their size Ants work round the clock making sure life in the colony runs smoothly. Ants generally spend most of their time gathering food, defending, cleaning and tending to their young.

Arctic Terns

These birds spend the most of their time migrating to the Antarctica. They are known to have the longest migration distance of all birds. Their migration journey lasts for no less than 90 days each way and because they migrate at sea, they hardly take breaks on land except during breeding season.


We all know that bees make hooey but just how hard they have to work gathering nectar to make honey may surprise you. To produce 2.5 ml of honey, a honeybee has to work 10 hours daily for 6 days. While the workers are busy working to produce honey, the queen bee spends most of her time laying more than 1,000 eggs daily.


Beavers are small rodents like creatures that are constantly working and building dams, canals, and lodges for safety and protection from fast flowing waters and predators. An averagely sized beaver can easily fall small trees. They are nocturnal semi-aquatic animals. Beavers are grouped into 2 species.

The North American beaver which are found in and around North America and the Eurasian beaver which are found in and around Eurasia. Beavers are hardworking and the can build small lodges, canals, dams, etc. They basically build dams, canals to protect themselves from fast flowing water and predators.


Lions specifically lionesses spend most of their time hunting as a pack as the survival of the pride depends on how good they are in hunting. They are also responsible for caring for the young. Together they bring down preys many times their size.


These cute animals spend most of their time reproducing and catering to their young a single female rabbit can produce as many as seven litters up to 6 babies yearly. They come in various colors, species, and sizes.

Now you can appreciate these resilient animals and how hard they work.

How To Feed Fish In A Pond

Having outdoor pond fish is becoming a very popular trend and not just on farms, more people are starting to care and feed fish in their ponds. If you have a fish in a pond, it means that you basically control what the fish will eat, which will have an impact on the weight and health of the fish.

Depending on the size of the pond, it is crucial to not overload it with food as it won’t give you desirable outcomes. Buying an automatic pond fish feeder will help greatly.  There are three crucial things when it comes to feeding fish – amount,  tips and water quality. In this article, you can find basic information about all of these.



Depending on your pond dimensions, you should consider how much fish you can hold in it. You can just put a random number of fish inside, but it won’t so effective. The first step should be calculating a number of fish for the pond because if you put in too many fish, it will decrease oxygen quantity in the water and the fish won’t be as healthy as they should be. Filtration of water is playing a huge role here – the bigger filter you have, the more fish you can put into the pond. If your pond is a 100 square feet it is perfect for 30 or so fish. Also, the fewer amount of fish makes water filtration easier.


When it comes to feeding a fish in a pond, there are some tips for not wasting any food and making fish as healthy as possible. It doesn’t matter how much you feed them, but it is important which and how much of the food you are giving. For example, you should throw the amount of food that will be enough for the fish to eat in 5 minutes. If you feed them with more food the fish won’t eat it and it is a waste of food and money.

Before every feeding, you should check a temperature of water. If the water is warmer (60 – 90F) the fish will have a higher metabolism so they can be fed a few times per day. If the water is colder (30 – 60F) you should feed once every few days. Another thing you should be careful of is a water quality. Be sure that you measure a pH of the water because if there isn’t a right pH it can stress a fish and spread a disease. The safest pH level of water ranges from 6 – 8.

Caring for Farm Dogs

Dogs are an essential part of any farm.  They are needed for so many different tasks that it would be very hard to get most work done without them.  Because of this, it is absolutely essential that you take good care of your pets and they will help you out for a long time.

Feed Them Quality Food

farmWhen it comes to caring for their dog a lot of people skimp out on the quality of the food that they get.  This is a huge mistake, you canine should be treated like a member of the family and fed quality food.

What kind of food you get will obviously depend on the breed of your dog.  Bigger farm dogs will need food with more protein than smaller dogs that are more sedentary.  If your dog works outdoors doing farm-related tasks then make sure to feed it bigger servings as well.

Get a Quality Dog Crate

Another thing that must be done is to get a quality dog crate for your pet.  There are risks with leaving your canine outdoors to run around unless you have an extremely secure backyard which is quite rare on most farms as they are simply too large to enclose properly.  If you don’t know how to find the best dog crate then check out this dog crate review site for info or follow their twitter.

In general, most farm dogs are going to need a bigger outdoor kennel but if you have smaller dogs then there are some good wire ones on the market too.  There are indoor ones that can even serve as an end table if you want your pooch inside.

Train Them Well

One thing that most people mess up with their pets is the training aspect.  They abuse or punish their dogs too harshly when they do something bad.  Sure discipline is necessary for sure.  But you don’t want to punish your dog too badly or it affects the bond they have with you and the quality of work they produce won’t be as good.

The Importance of Agriculture Today

Is agriculture still important these days? FAO statistics show that at the beginning of the new millennium, agriculture, hunting, forestry, and fishing ensured the sustainability of 2.57 billion people, including active people and their unemployed families. This figure represents 45 percent of humanity.

Agriculture is still the engine of the economies of most developing countries and in industrialized countries, agricultural exports reached almost $300 billion in 2001. In the history of mankind, few countries have experienced rapid economic growth and overcome poverty without these advances.

Trade statistics treat agriculture as an economic activity among others. But agriculture is a lifestyle, heritage, cultural identity, ancient pact with nature, the agriculture here is priceless. In addition, these statistics do not include the contribution of agriculture to the survival of habitat and landscape, soil conservation, watershed management, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation.

Recently the farm has grown and reflects a realization by citizens of the importance of their agricultural heritage. It allows them not only to enjoy the quiet of nature but also to learn about the origin and cultivation methods of the products they consume.


But perhaps the crucial role of agriculture is it first to ensure the livelihood of more than 850 million undernourished people living mostly in rural areas of poor countries. For these people, there is no other way to satisfy their hunger as they must produce their own food, or even to sell their agricultural products as the financial resources are necessary for their survival.

At the World Food Summit in 1996, then five years later in 2002, the Heads of State and Government pledged to reduce the number of undernourished people by half by 2015. In addition, the Millennium development set by the United Nations include halving poverty and hunger by 2015 as well as safeguarding a sustainable environment.

Many international initiatives and civil society networks, such as the “International Alliance against Hunger” serve global forum allowing people of different cultures and backgrounds to exchange their views and experiences and engage to act together to reduce hunger worldwide. The TeleFood FAO aims to raise awareness of this same problem through cultural events, such as concerts. World Food Day provides an opportunity at local, national, and international levels to further dialogue and enhances solidarity.

The human and cultural creativity, the right vision, active partnerships, support from the international community and the work of institutions such as FAO, will lead undoubtedly to defeat the fight against hunger and poverty.

Technology and Vision

When modern science and traditional cultures weigh equal weight in problem-solving, impressive and lasting results are possible.

Just think of the oca, a traditional tuber and staple food for 10 million people living in the Andes. By applying the technique of “meristem culture” and with a modest research grant, a student of the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, has sought in the 1980s to remove an inborn virus that decreased yields this culture. He removed a piece of meristem – plant tissue consisting of cells capable of actively dividing – and got a whole plant virus-free. The crop yield doubled.


The following steps were as important as scientific discovery. Rather than trying to sell this variety of “super oca” farmers without resources of the Andes, the researcher reflected on nature and uses of oca in its cultural context. He had cleared the virus a variety of this plant, but each agro-ecological zone had its own variety suitable for millennia to the altitude, climate, and local soil and resistant to diseases and pests premises. What’s more, each variety suited to the needs and preferences of the community that cultivated it.

A single variety of “super oca” could not prosper wherever oca was cultivated. The researcher then wisely decided to collect varieties from different areas to get laboratory versions free of virus and ship each to its place of origin. Since the crop was not normally sold but consumed by the farm family or exchanged with neighbors in the same area, this strategy proved a cheap and well-targeted solution to reduce poverty and improve food safety.

The Effects of the Potato on Culture

The potato was the first root crop to be the foundation of a civilization: the Incas. They also produce corn, cotton, and llama wool and dispose of irrigation technology, as well as processing and storing refined food, however, Incas depended on the ability of the potato push on any corner of topsoil menial heights of the Andes in South America.

A field of root crops feeds more people than a wheat field with an equivalent area. Though nourishing, roots plants provide less protein and more starch than cereals. Bulkier, they are also more expensive to transport. Therefore, these cultures tend to be consumed locally by the poorest.

These features were deeply modified diets and history of Europe. The Spaniards introduced the potato to Europe in the sixteenth century and its use is reported in southern Europe during the two centuries that followed. But it was not until the eighteenth century that demography and science intervened to propel the humble tuber on northern European tables. Practically at the same time, as population pressure, food demand increased, the scientists finally managed to get early maturing varieties of potato adapted to climatic conditions of Northern Europe.


In the opinion of a German writer, the potato, because of its rapid growth and its low cost, liberated the masses from hunger, has facilitated the emergence of a stronger working masses and allowed the agricultural labor force to work in the factories of the nineteenth century. Industrial development has then led to the emergence of a solidly constituted working class which he said has democratized Europe.

Moreover, the cultural impact of the potato in Ireland, where it has become a staple in the eighteenth century, was controversial. If the potato has been praised for liberating the poor from hunger, some critics felt that she had also depleted Ireland, by growing its population from three to eight million people in less than a century, which had driven down wages. The potato was even accused of “mere” food, primitive without cultural resonance compared to wheat which is to be harvested, beaten, ground, pulped, kneaded and baked as bread, with all the connotations and symbolism religious that attach to that food.

The irony of history is that when blight destroyed the harvest of potatoes in Ireland, in 1845 – causing the famine, to the extent that the survival of the population depended on one crop – the scientists have had to return to the Andes to find a variety resistant to the disease.

The interdependence of genetic resources remains extremely strong in all regions and in all countries of the world. The dialogue between cultures is necessary to maintain, exchange and utilize these resources and the related information and ensure thereby food security and agricultural sustainability now and for centuries to come.