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Let’s take a meeting at the USDA

Thursday, February 24, 2011

On Dec. 20, 17 people from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including Secretary Tom Vilsack, 10 from non-governmental organizations, 10 from seed and food firms and 18 from industry groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Biotech Industry Organization met at USDA to discuss “Alfalfa Production Co-Existence.” The benign title belied what many […]

Old newspaper gives glimpse of farm life in 1800s

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The state of agriculture in this country was still quite primitive in 1840, but many farmers were beginning to realize the farming practices of their fathers and grandfathers were long past their use-by-date. These progressive agriculturists were hungry to learn new ways of doing things and, to feed this hunger, there was a huge growth […]

Grassland Reserve Program deadlines approach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hello again! Yet another February is near its end and the brief interlude of record high temperatures this past week remind us that spring is coming very soon. Seed catalogs are arriving weekly, another sure sign of spring as we think about the possibilities for this year’s garden. It is hard for me to imagine […]

The Cleveland sport and outdoor show is alive and well

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Now hear this. The Cleveland Sport, Travel, and Outdoor Show is alive and well. Currently living in Euclid, Ohio, the show is celebrating 74 years of entertaining those of us who would rather be out than in. And for those of us who are old enough, please turn back the clock and remember the trip […]

Ohio farms encouraged to take part in National Farm Benchmarking project

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Total cost of production per cwt., feed cost per cwt, net farm income per cow. These are important numbers for every farm as they monitor profitability, develop and monitor risk management plans and look for opportunities. These are also numbers that allow one farm to compare their production and financial management with similar farms. How […]

Don’t worry, bird populations vary each year

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jean Purvis of Butler, Pa. writes, “Scott, I have noticed this year that I have had very few juncos at my feeder. In fact, days pass that I don’t have any — quite unlike former years. On the other hand, I have had more white-throated sparrows (a favorite), sometimes as many as six or seven. […]

Beware the menace of the trees

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I can’t live anywhere where the trees aren’t of voting age. It’s preferable that they could have possibly voted for Lincoln. I do love a good shade tree. Hugger Granted, I’m not a card carrying tree hugger. I once took the life of a meddling walnut that got in the way of my swimming pool. […]

Pasture planning is key to profitability

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The most effective use of pastures does not just happen. Foresight and planning are necessary. At the end of January, I taught a session about evaluating hay quality and use of hay in beef cattle rations at a Hocking County beef school. Farmers had submitted samples of their hay, mostly first cutting, for lab quality […]

Tagging the right calves not easy

Thursday, February 17, 2011

As you tag another calf and write the information in that little book, do you ever think about how well it will hit the target? If you are going to the trouble of establishing identity (ID) at birth, you should at least think about the future these calves will face. Some beef brands and most […]

ASK FSA Andy: Farmers may be eligible for livestock loss assistance

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hello Again! We awoke this morning to another 2 to 3 inches of new snow and very low temperatures. The two-hour school delay turned into yet another snow day and sleeping in, at least for our children. After a day off from school, the flu bug came to visit our household for the second time […]

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