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Carry on the good, let go of past

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Cherokee have a saying that harkens the lovely spirit of each ancestor during the birth of a baby, hoping to carry forward the commendable in those gone before us, while letting go of the human shortcomings each carried through this life.

Parenthood principle

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I like about writing for public consumption. This is opposed to, say, how I started out which was just forcing these missives on my grandmothers who are contractually obligated to find me fascinating.

Annuals offer perennial advantange

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall is a critical season for the perennial pasture plant.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Be prepared, “before” an emergency happens.

Who knows … where big money goes?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

If only we knew … where the money went.

Next time, hire a vet

Thursday, October 2, 2014

With the high value of today’s livestock, you can afford to hire a veterinarian.

Still no upside to feeding deer

Thursday, October 2, 2014

While well-intentioned, feeding deer corn is still not advisable.

As deer season approaches, time to look at numbers

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Even if you don’t hunt, Ohioans have a good chance of getting, or “hitting” a deer.

Gearing up for World Dairy Expo

Thursday, October 2, 2014

As I write this article, it is the morning of the National 4-H and Intercollegiate Dairy Judging contests at World Dairy Expo.

Grain harvest window closes again

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

U.S. grain prices continue to anticipate a huge harvest by going lower. We keep hoping the bottom is in on the charts, but then we slip lower.

Prolong the life of decorative pumpkins, gourds and squash in five simple steps

Friday, September 26, 2014

Whether you grow your own or purchase pumpkins, gourds and squash at market, these five preservation steps make autumn ornamentals last longer.

Ask FSA Andy about marketing loans during fall harvest

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As you harvest your crops this fall, keep in mind that you can obtain marketing loans through our office that enable you to obtain cash to operate while you are holding onto your crop for future marketing opportunities or for feeding.

Playing cat and mouse

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ah fall. The season when all of nature attempts to move indoors.

Concept of conservation: Oaks and Acorns

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The concept of conservation, using resources sustainably over time, is relatively new.

One for the record books: Best bucks in Ohio

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ohio deer season, the time of year that every serious hunter awaits with baited breath — whatever that is.

Death leaves hole in the heart of many

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A collection of black 3-ring binders given to me by my Dad reveal a glimpse of a grandmother I never met.

Nothing ever stays the same

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A few years back, Patty Loveless had a popular country song that told of three sad events in a woman’s life, and each time, her Mama comforted her and said “life’s about changing, nothing ever stays the same.”

Slouching toward Election Day

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are facts on which the world operates and there are facts on which politics operate. Spoiler alert: The two are not the same.

The Erie Canal in New York — from folly to fame

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traveling in this country during the 16th and 17th centuries was difficult in the extreme.

Miracle Max grain market moves lower

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The grain market is just “mostly dead.” We still have the race to find out what the average crop is. If we have over-estimated the size, prices will stabilize. If the huge crop is really rolling in, the worst is still ahead of us.

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