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Why not plant a seed for the future?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be working in our small woodland on an absolutely perfect spring day. If I would have sat still long enough, I’m convinced I could have watched the redbud at the edge of our yard flower. It had bare branches in the morning and by afternoon gorgeous purple blooms […]

FSA Andy says farm storage facility policy is changing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recent changes have been made to USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. It has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligibility To be eligible, cold storage facilities must have […]

Goldman sucks air out of grain market

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grain prices have broken sharply lower the last few days, and the reason given is the effect of the Goldman Sachs fraud charges on the market.

Early visitors this year: Hummingbirds are back

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bird migration epitomizes spring. But unless you spend a lot of time outdoors with binoculars, or you really know bird songs, the players often pass through unidentified. Hummingbirds Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the exception. Hang a nectar feeder, and you’ll know when they arrive. And thanks to a Web site that maps hummers as they return, […]

A wooden grain drill with a link to Signal, Ohio

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wilbur George, a friend from near Carrollton, told me he had an old, wooden grain drill that he had bought some years ago at the Rogers sale and used every year to plant a couple of acres of oats for his horses. Local dealer? The stenciling on the hoe-type drill reads, “Missouri Force Feed Grain […]

It may not be Paris, but it comes close

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Journalism and jets have carried me to some of the world’s great capitals. Most of those cities, like New Delhi, Paris, London, Prague, Mexico City, Rome, Brussels and Berlin, were in full flower hundreds, even thousands of years before the very idea for our nation — let alone its capital — was planted. And yet, […]

Infidelity is not an oops

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Upon ironclad confirmation that superstar golfer Tiger Woods had engaged in a pattern of marital infidelity of such scope, breadth and sheer numbers that one wonders how he ever found time to tee off, Tiger’s mother (and later Tiger himself) would say only that he “made one mistake.” Award winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock’s husband, […]

Farms have lexicon only natives know

Thursday, April 15, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist Every farm comes with a unique little map, complete with a language known only to those who live and walk upon those acres and climb in and out of the old barns. As a kid, if my dad asked me to put something away in “the granary in […]

Ahh … the sweet smell of spring

Thursday, April 15, 2010

At the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District, we seem to be getting an increasing number of calls related to the smell and handling of manure. So, I thought it fitting to mention just how pollution complaints work, in regards to manure. Lucky for me, most of our complaints this year have been related to […]

What does ‘socially just’ agriculture mean?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Society currently expects three things from farmers. First, produce high quality and safe food. Second, protect the environment. Third, treat farm animals humanely. But some still clamor that’s not enough.

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