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Water quality: Farmers, are you doing best you can?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

No matter where you farm, or what you farm, you impact water quality with your production practices and management decisions: Commentary by Editor Susan Crowell

Landowners should always be willing to ‘do what’s right’

Thursday, January 29, 2015

All citizens share in the responsibility of land stewardship.

Hard work helped by early technology

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For centuries, grain was threshed by beating the grain with flails, trampling it with horses or oxen, or by pulling stone or wooden rollers and sledges over it.

Bless this wondrous mess

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The entire eight days GirlWonder was on vacation I prided myself on how well I was handling her absence.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is just in time

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place Feb. 13-16.

Ask FSA Andy about the guaranteed loan program

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The purpose of the FSA guaranteed loan program is to assist lenders in extending credit to family farmers who do not qualify for standard commercial loans.

Electronic fish equipment is ‘truly awesome’

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Electronic fishing equipment has evolved into some pretty neat stuff.

Technology: Let it help with an old school chore

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This isn’t the first article, and I’m sure it won’t be the last article, telling you the importance of accurately gauging the nutritional condition of your brood cows, especially this time of year.

Farming is a cycle of life and growth

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Not long ago, I had a chat with a wise old fellow, who said he watched so many wide, open farms disappear in to buildings and driveways and parking lots over his lifetime.

The COOL facts: American people love it, others don’t

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Country of origin labeling, or COOL, for meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts sold in the U.S. has been kicked around by the courts, politicians, international trade panels and special interest farm groups since it became law in 2008.

Reminder: Most farmers probably need to get the fertilizer applicator certification

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello Northeast Ohio Dairy Farmers! With the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 150 this past June, farmers who apply fertilizer to over 50 acres of cropland each year are subject to a new certification requirement.

The grain market is getting ugly

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We knew when we had high prices that the year would come when the costs did not go down as much as the grain prices did. Now we are there, and it is ugly.

Good recordkeeping benefits small farms

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clear, consistent record keeping is much easier and more efficient than rustling through a box of receipts at tax time.

Challenges will always be around, but just get out and do the work

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Telephones, texts, emails, even regular mail, are OK for some things, but if you really want to get a point across, take your ideas to the farm and talk to the guys (or gals) that make the decisions.

Long weekend, weak open

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The market was closed Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so now we have to work through the confusion of having no trading for three days.

Dairy farmers investing in their future

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The dairy industry in Ohio contributes significantly to the state’s economy and in the provision of food well beyond the borders of Ohio. This industry ranks third in agricultural receipts and first in receipts from animal operations.

Bears might have the right idea to survive the winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Black bears have developed an admirable strategy: They gorge themselves in the fall, sleep through winter’s worst and give birth to cubs before emerging in the spring.

Tips for cutting your winter feed bill

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Since we live in an area that requires feeding for the majority of the winter, maximizing feed value and minimizing waste is essential to your bottom line.

Handy manual for firearms laws across states

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Even those with Ohio CCW permits are at peril when it comes to staying out of trouble because states have plenty of different rules when it comes to transporting guns. Some of which can be costly when broken.

Beef producers: A lot of people are counting on your work

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper. No doubt, you know that feeling well.

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