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ATVs: Managing the unmanageable

Thursday, October 4, 2007

ATVs. We love them, use them on our farms and occasionally do a little joy riding. But they’re also the enemy, for in the hands of a trespasser, they often tear up crops and fields and woodlots.

On tractors, two’s a crowd

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The four-color photo on the front page of the local daily paper immediately caught my eye, but not with a reaction the editors desired.

Corn triggers the ultimate food fight

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lots of headlines dampen the ethanol euphoria by proclaiming we’ll be paying more for our food. After all, there’s only so much corn to go around.

Who’s crying over spoiled milk?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The file’s contents spilled out of one folder and into a second. Then a third. For at least seven years in the late 1980s and until 1993, we tracked and reported and wrote about the research and pending FDA decision on the use and commercial sale of bovine somatotropin, or bST.

The risk of conspicuous sustainability

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Back-to-school shopping is a piece of cake with my 16-year-old son, Jon. We don’t shop. And I love it.

What if FMD hit the U.S. today?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

We Americans are a cheeky lot. We’ve built this nation on independence, courage and true grit. We’re rags to riches, Don’t Tread On Me and don’t tell us what to do.

The case for farmland preservation

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone They paved paradise and put up a parking lot – Lyrics by Joni Mitchell Ten farms in Adams County.

Is it The Year for farm bill? Well ..

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The ag world treats the cyclical years when the farm bill is written as The Years. As in “this could be The Year that meaningful reform streamlines ag programs” or “this could be The Year that environmental mandates include substantial financial assistance.

Food safety: It’s all about trust

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Did you know that if you rearrange the letters in the word “dormitory,” you can also spell “dirty room”? Or the letters in “slot machines” also spell “cash lost in ‘em”? It’s all about perspective.

Someone fire this marketing agency

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I’m not the most frugal of individuals, but I’m by no means a spendthrift. Either way, I have little respect for things crossing my desk that strike me as a colossal waste of energy, time and money.

If I’m wrong, all bets are off

Thursday, June 14, 2007

While researching some of the information for today’s Page 1 story on the Borden Boys and their donation to the Smithsonian, I found a picture of a “Rotolactor” milking machine.

Ten ways to go broke: Still good advice

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Long before there was David Letterman, the University of Tennessee’s ag college came up with its own Top 10 list that’s worth reviewing.

Advice for life: Get up eight

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dear Annette, You’re done. No more high school. No more bells, study halls or varsity volleyball. No more sock hops, pep rallies or lunchroom drama.

Animal welfare rules are dynamic

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Testimony before a House or Senate committee is not always the most scintillating reading. I’ve always marveled how legislators can stay awake during the most boring of hearings.

The week no words would come

Thursday, May 10, 2007

There are some weeks when writing a column is hard (OK, most weeks). There’s never a lack of things to write about, but making those topics interesting is the tough part.

Infinite legacy of words and deeds

Thursday, May 3, 2007

In January, a man stopped by our booth at Power Show Ohio and mentioned he had met Ora Anderson. He was, the Athens County reader said, the most amazing bird carver.

Preservation: Why are we doing this?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A week ago, I challenged newsroom team members to come up with a personal goal for the rest of 2007.

U.S. ag research at a crossroads

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The founding fathers got it right. But I’m not talking about Madison, Hamilton or Jefferson, I’m talking about Smith, Lever, Hatch and Morrill.

Losing this battle will be expensive

Thursday, April 5, 2007

“It’s time to get political.” That’s a headline message on the Web site of The Humane Society of the United States.

Ready for the manure chronicles?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The caller identified himself as a reporter with the Canton Repository. He was doing a story on two dairy farms that are taking part in a pilot program for onfarm manure treatment, kind of like a municipal sewage treatment plant.

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