It is fairly well established that one should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. I think, however, that a third category of the taboo should be added: hobbies. Whether an interview or simply mingling and meeting new folks, there is always one question that makes me cringe. It has nothing to do with […]
Hello Again! Once again, it’s my turn to write FSA Andy this month. Everybody always shoves July on me because nothing major is going on and nobody else can think of anything to write, so they pass it on to the crazy man. I’d like to do some magic or card tricks, but you reading […]
It is fairly well established that one should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. I think, however, that a third category of the taboo should be added: hobbies.
That didn’t take long. Before most of the newspapers carrying last week’s installment of this summer’s most popular soap opera, “The Beef Checkoff Chronicles,” could reach you, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association reined in its “governance structure” plan “to allow,” it said in a June 25 press release, “the Federation of State Beef Councils an […]
Farm and Dairy Columnist While all of our neighbors were busy in the hay fields, we were finding a unique new way to add timothy and alfalfa to clover. Maybe I’d better start at the beginning. Remember my present? Last Christmas, my wish list included a swing, hanging from a good, sturdy limb, and a […]
The first firefly of the year appeared in my yard a month ago. As fireworks commemorate Independence Day, I’m reminded of the natural fireworks that go on all summer long. Fireflies or lightning bugs First, though, a few words of clarification. Fireflies, or lightning bugs as my dad called them, are neither flies, nor bugs. […]
When couples marry, they do so with the outlook that it’s a life-long commitment. Have you considered what might happen to the assets you and your family have worked hard to accumulate if that commitment is broken? Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical […]
Leadership of Ohio’s major commodity and farm groups sat down at the negotiating table with the Humane Society of the United States. Why? Well, let’s just say politics makes strange bedfellows.
Beginning in 2012, a little discussed mandate in the health care reform legislation will require any business — including a farm — that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business or individual to submit a 1099 tax from to the Internal Revenue Service.
One of the unexpected treats of collecting the first blackberries of the season is stumbling upon an active bird nest. Bramble thickets are prime nest sites for species such as cardinals, catbirds, song sparrows, yellow-breasted chats, and indigo buntings. Males Male indigos are easy to find and even easier to recognize. They sing a complicated […]