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Animal advocates certify USDA center

Posted: December 20, 2012 at 3:46 a.m.

The goats and sheep raised at the Dale Bumpers Small Farm Research Center in Booneville are now certified by the group Animal Welfare Approved, the first time the organization has given its seal to a federal facility.

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