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U of A: Poultry Chain project provides youth with lessons in husbandry and biosecurity

By Tracy Courage University of Arkansas University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Brad McGinley, staff chair of the Grant County Cooperative Extension office, loads crates of chicks at the Lonoke County Fairgrounds for distribution to 4-H members across Arkansas recently as part of the annual Poultry Chain project.

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LONOKE, Ark. — County, district and state fairs are months away, but preparations for poultry contests started April 13 with the distribution of more than 25,000 baby chicks to youth across Arkansas.

The chicken distribution is part of the Poultry Chain program, organized by the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The goal is to teach Arkansas 4-H youth about animal husbandry and poultry management. These skills are particularly important in Arkansas, where agriculture is the leading industry and poultry is the largest agriculture commodity. The state currently ranks third in the. . .

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