Stories by Will Flannigan

How do I test my soil?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring is a perfect time to take a soil test to measure your soil’s fertility. Testing your soil is an easy and inexpensive way of maintaining good plant health and productivity. Remember: Healthy soil will result in healthy plants.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2-26-2014)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Here’s the agri-stories you should read today, February 26, 2014. Today’s stories include more victims of the California drought, initiatives of the USDA to stem childhood obesity, and honeybee losses.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2-24-2014)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Today’s must-read stories include two stories about the impact of drought. If you like almonds or coffee, be ready for higher prices. Milk producers can expect higher prices this year. Scientists and policymakers are bringing GM crops to Africa.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2-21-2014)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today’s must-read stories feature agricultural growth for the United States and China. Honeybees may be spreading disease to bumblebees and one Kentucky couple is helping FFA members get official jackets.

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-20-2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Here’s the agri-stories you should read today, February 20, 2014. Does the chicken industry pit farmer vs. farmer? California cutbacks could eliminate agriculture education. South Dakota’s governor has a pitch for California dairy farmers.

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-19-2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today’s must-read stories touch on GMOs, the new farm bill, our ancestors’ taste for dairy, and an old agriculture law in Virgina that is causing some dog owners to cry ‘fowl’.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/18)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Several of today’s stories are curious. Silicon Valley is planning more investment into agriculture, one project is watering tomatoes with seawater and one Texas town is preventing forest fires with goats.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/17)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today’s must-read stories include a look at California’s drought, a story about how micro loans are helping African farmers grow more crops sustainably, and a bit of history behind America’s first president and his relationship with agriculture.

Goat Simulator making a stir online, gamers rejoice

Friday, February 14, 2014

If it sounds like a joke, that’s because it started as one. Now, however, the game studio behind the project is releasing the game to satisfy ravenous gamers around the world. Behold: Goat Simulator.

DIY winter weather survival gear for the handy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This winter has been a doozy. If you’re handy, here’s a couple of ways to make your life in snowy weather a bit easier.

‘Farmed and Dangerous’ is Chipotle’s latest marketing move

Friday, January 31, 2014

The restaurant chain’s opposition to large-scale meat production is nothing new, but this time the company is doubling-down on its message. Instead of spending millions of dollars on a Super Bowl ad, Chipotle is premiering a new show on the Internet video service, Hulu.

Don’t worry, be happy — beating the winter blues

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Have a case of the winter blues? You may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here’s a few tips to help lift your spirits during the winter months.

Need a seed? Our National Seed Swap Day resource will help

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Having a difficult time finding that heirloom tomato you bought at a farmers market last summer? Why not attend a seed swap? And what better time to find a seed swap than National Seed Swap Day?

Safely storing food and extending shelf life

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Many of us have probably thrown away food due to spoilage. Unfortunately, doing this can be wasteful and expensive. Here’s how to get the most out of your food by storing it properly.

Farm-related business makes it big on ABC’s Shark Tank, social media

Friday, January 17, 2014

ABC’s reality television show “Shark Tank” has been putting capitalist dreams on television for five seasons, but one episode has really taken off.

Is rural America struggling? Rural population decline reflects impact of recession

Thursday, January 9, 2014

As America continues its slow, but steady, economic recovery, some parts of the country are being left behind, according to the USDA’s report Rural America at a Glance.

Farms and farmhouses in the snow (Photos)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

There’s nothing like Christmas on the farm. There’s something about seeing the contrast of the red barn with the white snow that overwhelms farm folk with nostalgia.

To all of our readers, have a happy holiday! To bring some cheer to you, we’ve found several snowy farm photos. Enjoy!

Celebrate Christmas by singing with Farm and Dairy

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Last year we asked Farm and Dairy readers to write their own version of the classic Christmas poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, and we had some great responses! Some of your poems were funny, others were poignant, but all were wonderful to read.

We had so much fun reading your poems that we’re doing it again! This time, however, we’re asking for your version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Gingerbread farmhouses and barns (Photos)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Here’s a few of the best gingerbread barns and farmhouses from around the web.

Roasting a turkey with kosher salt

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

There’s plenty of ways to prepare a turkey for your Thanksgiving Day meal. Some families deep fry turkeys, some brine their turkey over night, while others simply cover the turkey in herbs and butter and roast it in a pan for several hours.

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About Will

Will Flannigan is Farm and Dairy's online editor. He grew up in Salem, Ohio, and is new to the agricultural scene. Will enjoys hiking, community theater and learning new things.