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Nature books make great holiday gifts

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I’ve got a bookshelf of titles to recommend as holiday gifts this year, so each gets just a thumbnail description. Suffice to say, if it’s on this list, I recommend it: Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species (Stackpole Books, 2010, $34.95) by S. David Scott and Casey McFarland is the first truly original […]

Thrown by the ‘urban cowboy’ grain market

Monday, November 22, 2010

We in the grain business are hanging on with both hands to the mechanical bull market. It goes up, it goes down, and it eventually throws you off on your face.

FSA Andy: Guaranteed loans assist farmers and ag lenders

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. The guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender such as a bank or Farm Credit. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and services the loan. The […]

Honoring a friend is worth trek to Dyersville, Iowa

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Many years ago, not long after I got into the “Rusty Iron” hobby, I began to attend the annual show put on by the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine & Old Equipment Association at their grounds in Portersville, Pa. I knew no one there, but there was one skinny guy who was always bustling around and […]

Toting the line on clutter control

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Call them bins, boxes, or totes but those plastic coffins designed to “out of sight / out of mind” our unused personal possessions are simply a way to fool oneself into thinking we are “cleaning” and “organizing.” Really, all we are doing is carefully packing and stacking our trash. I don’t care if it’s collectible […]

Winter management strategies are key to protecting sod base paddocks

Thursday, November 18, 2010

In our Pasture For Profit grazing schools we talk about pasture management in terms of keeping pasture plants actively growing and matching livestock nutrient needs to plant growth stage. But now its winter and the plants aren’t growing, so what does winter pasture management entail? I want graziers to think about winter pasture management in […]

Dairy farm management retreat useful for current and future generations

Thursday, November 18, 2010

With harvest completed for many and winding down for others, there seems to be more time this fall than in recent years to accomplish fall farm activities. Although the ‘to do list’ is never complete, now is the time to think about taking a management retreat. A two-day intensive management training program for business owners […]

Warm November day brings touch of spring

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This is a day for which I am grateful, and a way to offer a gracious nod to November. The day started with the familiar autumn chill, but as the day wore on, the sunshine brought out the best in all of us. I was blessed with a day off work, and enjoyed taking a […]

Landowners: Ask before you build

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Landowners in Ohio are experiencing site development problems associated with building on mine land. These problems can lead to expensive repairs or demolition of the building due to total structural failure when settling occurs, landslides develop or mine gases are encountered. As rural areas are developed for residential and/or recreational purposes, abandoned mine land is […]

This isn’t going to be a tea party

Thursday, November 18, 2010

If ascendant Republicans act on what they say was the clear message sent by voters Nov. 2, the 112th Congress ain’t gonna be a tea party. Boiling pigs Oh, something will boil, all right. It may be the fat most politicians claim is stored in all those pork barrels on Capitol Hill. After that, maybe […]

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