The River Hills Purebred Poultry Marketing Alliance Research Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,987.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2012
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Coordinator:
Michelle Wagstaff
Dry Dock Farm

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  • Agronomic: corn, oats, soybeans, sunflower
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: cucurbits, sweet corn, tomatoes
  • Animals: poultry


  • Animal Production: free-range, feed rations, grazing management, livestock breeding, manure management, pasture fertility, preventive practices, probiotics, range improvement, grazing - rotational, housing, stocking rate
  • Crop Production: food product quality/safety
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Energy: energy use
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, e-commerce, market study, agritourism
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: prevention
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: leadership development, local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, urban/rural integration, employment opportunities, social networks, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Our group has come together out of a need to expand potential marketing options for its poultry output beyond those that are available in the immediate area. Further, we are seeking to develop and expand a market for the year around production of table eggs from our various heirloom poultry flocks.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.