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Developing farm systems for business resilience

Blaze Aid still working hard

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HELPING HANDS: BlazeAid volunteers Ray Scales, Paul Cathcart, David Darrach and Wolfgang Hellwig enjoy a well earned break from helping property owners repair fence lines in Bororen.

BLAZEAID volunteers are continuing their mission at Bororen to help farmers rebuild in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods.

Working alongside the rural families, their volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed…


Developing farm systems for business resilience

Having arrived at Harper Adams in 2003, with the ambition of becoming a rural surveyor, I now find myself as assistant farm manager at the aforementioned institution.

My grandfather was a tenant dairy farmer in Cheshire having hailed from his family farm near Carlisle in the 60s. I enjoyed many summers on the family farm, I was positively aware of my desire for a career in the industry from an early age. My family were cautious of this, having seen the impact struggling milk prices can have on a relatively small tenanted dairy farm.

The solution was to embark on an undergraduate degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Having successfully completed this I was acutely aware that I would rather be involved with agriculture on a practical…


Historic disasters motivate Mississippians to prepare

June kicks off hurricane season, but every community in Mississippi is vulnerable to a variety of disasters throughout the calendar year.

Representatives of the Mississippi State University Extension Service have been on the front lines of preparedness and recovery efforts since the organization’s earliest days.

“Today, we put a lot of effort into preparing residents for disasters, anything that could interrupt power, water, or access to food or transportation,” said Anne Howard Hilbun, an instructor with the MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development. “The way people respond to a disaster impacts safety, health and economic well-being.”

While seeking family history information, Hilbun discovered an Extension document from September 1927, the year of the historic Mississippi Delta Flood.

“The circular stated that our Extension director happened to be in the Delta when the levee broke on April 21, 1927. When he returned to campus…




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