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Halloween takes place during a time of year characterized by earthen-colored chrysanthemums, leaf-lined walkways and crisp autumn air. As colorful as the costumes children wear for trickor-treating may be, nature’s beauty is unsurpassed this time of year, and the scores of pumpkins, gourds and squashes on display only add to that colorful melange. The Cucurbitaceae family may be best known for pumpkins, squash and gourds, but there actually are 800 species that belong to this family. While they share many of the same properties, these fruits each have their own unique attributes. The main differences between squashes, gourds and pumpkins is their intended purposes — whether they’re ornamental or edible.
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Are backyard Peterson Bros. chickens right for you? Raising backyard chickens has been a growing phenomenon for several years. Many cities have passed laws legalizing backyard chickens, encouraging many to raise chickens as a rewarding hobby. One of the biggest benefits to raising backyard chickens is that their eggs are fresher and often tastier than storebought varieties. Hens can lay one egg per day. Multiply that egg per hen, and breakfast is always available. Another benefit to chickens is they produce a natural fertilizer that can be used in gardens. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” says chicken manure can be composted, aged and eventually added to the garden. In about six months, a person will accumulate about one cubic foot of manure per chicken. Egg shells and other compostable material can be added to create an even richer formula. Chickens also can help control bugs around the yard, offers the experts at Tractor Supply Company. Before investing in backyard chickens, people should determine if chickens will fit with their lifestyle. Costs and care are a big consideration. Each chick will cost anywhere between $3 to $5 a bird. Then there’s feed to consider. The most expensive item will likely be the coop. The experts at The Happy Chicken Coop, a resource for raising chickens and starting coops, says handy men and women can build homemade coops, but readymade ones will cost a few hundred dollars. The coop will need to offer around four square feet of space per chicken (or what’s recom-
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mended for the breed). Despite being seemingly independent birds, chickens need people to be active caregivers. They require feed and water daily. The chickens will need a caregiver while you vacation. People who are frequently away from home should reconsider chickens. Chickens also are prone to worms, parasites and lice. They need to have rear feathers trimmed to stay clean and sanitary, and they will require an area where they can “dust” and self-groom. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises not to cuddle and kiss chickens like pets because they can carry salmonella. Not every coop is completely varmint-proof, and some chickens may succumb to predators. Squeamish or sentimental folks may find chickens aren’t the right fit. Chickens require commitment and care that many people can provide. It is essential to do one’s homework to ensure that backyard chickens are a sound investment. TF194846
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Explore a career in agriculture
The agricultural industry provides a variety of opportunities to professionals interested in this often misunderstood field. According to the employment resource AGCareers.com, more than 250 career profiles are available to people interested in a career in agriculture. And while jobs in agriculture may not be as prevalent as they were a few centuries ago, when 72 percent of the workforce was employed in farm occupations in the United States, agriculture remains a booming industry that greatly affects the nationâ€™s economy. Today, one in 12 American jobs depends on agriculture, according to the career resource Payscale. The following are some potential professions for those considering careers in agriculture. Agricultural business manager: This person oversees the business operations of a farm by providing organization and leadership during the production process. He or she contacts
creditors, selects seeds, buys new equipment, and ensures the distribution of product. Agricultural lawyer: Attorneys who specialize in agriculture deal with water and environmental issues, represent agricultural labor in disputes, ensure proper marketing techniques are followed, handle real estate and land use issues, and much more.
ments, source grain supplies and issue purchase orders. Poultry hatchery manager: Hatchery managers oversee all of the aspects involved in poultry hatching. These can include management of personnel, handling and sorting of eggs, maintenance of equipment, coordination of pick-ups and deliveries, and overseeing quality control. Soil scientist: Among the many tasks they might perform, scientists in the field of agriculture test soil samples for minerals and contaminants. By studying the soil, scientists can recommend which crops the Animal control officer: These land can support, how much officers enforce local and relivestock can feed in an area gional laws that pertain to the and the implications of agricultreatment and care of animals. ture on the area as it pertains to They patrol for distressed anmanaging natural resources. imals and ensure cruelty-free A career in agriculture prespractices are adhered to. ents many exciting opportuGrain buyer: Grain buyers build relationships with produc- nities in a number of different applications. Itâ€™s a vast industry ers so they can purchase grain that utilizes professionals with for their particular companies. They negotiate purchase agree- an array of skillsets. TF193781
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The basics of raising pigs Many people subscribe to the notion that “everything is better with bacon.” Imagine being able to control the quality and flavor of pork products, and knowing just what went into producing delicious bacon? In an era of growing uncertainty about commercially produced food, many agriculturally inclined people are raising livestock right on their properties, and small-scale pig farms can be a successful venture. Despite pigs’ reputation as dirty animals, the animal resource PetHelpful indicates they are actually one of the cleanest farm animals. Pigs tend to wallow in mud only if they do not have proper shade and a clean, steady water supply to regulate their body temperature. Furthermore, giving pigs plenty of space to roam will enable them to keep dry, clean and cool. Pens should be large enough so pigs can sleep and eat on one end and use the other end for soiling. Pigs also are intelligent animals that will adapt to routine. This means it may be easier to care for pigs than some other farm animals. Even though pigs can grow to be quite large, they do not need to live on an expansive farm. Many pigs can live quite well on an acre if their pen and foraging areas are rotated periodically. Data from the past 50 years shows that today’s pig farms use less land and other resources to produce
one pound of pork, according to the National Pork Board. Therefore, raising pigs can be a sustainable undertaking. According to Mother Earth News, when selecting pig breeds for a pig farm startup, these are popular as lean-meat producers and shouldn’t be hard to find: Yorkshire, Duroc-Jersey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Poland-China, Chester White and Tamworth. Choose sows (females) or barrows (castrated males) for the best-tasting meat. Also, keep in mind that pigs are social animals, and even though the average family will do just fine with one pig’s worth of meat, pigs do better if raised in pairs or more. Pigs need a varied diet to thrive. Diets should include grain, milk, fruits, vegetables, and greens from pasture. Experts suggest novices ask a veterinarian or another pig farmer about feeding. A family garden or bartering with other families nearby for food materials can keep feeding costs minimal. Many pigs can be butchered by the age of six or seven months. After pigs reach that age, they begin to grow quite large and become a much larger investment of time and money. Pig farming can be a worthwhile venture. More in-depth information on raising pigs is available at http://porkgateway.org/resource/introduction-to-raising-pigs/. TF18C564
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IVCH Occupational Health 925 West St., (inside IVCH), lower level Phone: 815-780-3202 Deb Tostovarsnik, APN IVCH Sleep Medicine Clinic 925 West St., (inside IVCH), lower level Phone: 815-223-4400 Ioannis Karkatzounis, MD
Illinois Valley Orthopedics 920 West St., Suite 211 Phone: 815-223-2143 Peter Meier, MD, Robert Mitchell, DO Debra Pyszka, PA-C Catherine Renk, PA-C Connor Kasik, MD
Women’s HealthCare Center 920 West St., Bldg. B Phone: 815-223-2944 OB/GYN Physicians: Ilan Bornstein, MD Anna Bida-Dudan, MD
IVCH CareToday Walk-in Clinic Located next to the lllinois Valley YMCA Phone: 815-780-3855 Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Weekends and most holidays 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Certified Nurse Midwives: Dana Hoffman, CNM Barbara Tieman, CNM Brittany Lange, CNM Jacueline Ma, DNP, CNM IVCH Wound and Hyperbaric Center 1403 6th St. Phone: 815-780-3834 Thomas Curry, MD Hussein Zaioor, MD
IVCH ENT and Allergy Center 920 West St., Bldg. B, lower level Phone: 815-223-4400 Jennifer Sangston, AuD Angela Vezzetti, PA-C Maher Younes, MD
IVCH Infectious Disease Clinic 920 West St., Suite 218 Phone: 815-780-5399 Hussein Zaioor, MD
IVCH Streator Medical Clinic 104 E. Bridge St. Phone: 815-672-1565 Indra Pal, MD
Searching for a health care provider?
Look no further than the IVCH Medical Group, a comprehensive network of primary care, orthopedic and women’s health care medical professionals affiliated with Illinois Valley Community Hospital.
IVCH Certified Nurse Midwives (L to R): Barbara Tieman, Dana Hoffman, Brittany Lange, and Jacqueline Ma
Orthopedic Surgeon Connor Kasik, MD, provides care at Illinois Valley Orthopedics.
Pediatrician Anju Patel, MD, receives patients at the Peru Primary Care Clinic.
Call 815-223-9214 for an appointment!
Where to Go for Great Care 815-223-3300 • www.ivch.org
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