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Reflections on 2010, hopes for 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As I sit here in front of my computer, my fingers hovering over the keys impatiently waiting for my brain to come up with a topic to write about, I started to reflect upon all that has happened in the past year. This year has been especially difficult for many of the soil and water […]

Grain markets: Hesitation in corn uptrend?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sell everything you own or have nerve to sell ahead in the next two weeks!

Dear Mr. Apples and Oranges

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another final column of the year and, as is the custom, another year where readers will have the final word. Some of their words are bitter, some are sweet and all arrive with either red hot passion or cold blue conviction. Take the mid-August email that started, “You didn’t do a very good job of […]

Don’t feed deer this winter, doing so causes harm

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back in February, as a brutal winter unfolded, I explained that feeding deer in winter is a bad idea. I quoted experts from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and a veterinarian from the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin. All agreed that supplemental feeding is bad deer management. That […]

Hunting deer is necessary to keep herds healthy

Thursday, December 30, 2010

According to figures just released by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, hunters killed 21,064 deer during the two day bonus weekend gun season held Dec. 18- 19. So far this fall and early winter, 210,361 deer have been taken by archers and gun hunters, down slightly from last year’s 227,748 total for the same time […]

Holidays with Mr. Wonderful

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just read that Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson have split-up. That’s sad. They seemed like a cute couple. Granted, once your husband gets voted “The Sexiest Man Alive” that’s got to throw off the balance of power in a relationship. I would not want to be married to The Sexiest Man Alive. […]

Looking into the broken crystal ball: What does the year 2011 hold for us?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The USDA has issued it’s latest forecast for milk, corn and soybean meal prices for the incoming year. Respected economists are behind these forecasts, using some of the best-known tools in econometric forecasting. So what is the picture looking like for 2011? The USDA is forecasting an average corn price of $4.80 to $5.60/bu for […]

Year end is a good time to resolve to apply for FSA programs

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hello again, All the shopping, Christmas programs and gatherings have drawn to a close. It is the evening of Christmas Day that I love the most. The tree is shining bright, we were reminded of Jesus’ birth and have enjoyed the time with our family and friends. As you well know, we at FSA consider […]

Resolve to give thanks every day

Thursday, December 30, 2010

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Contributing writer Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a column which mentioned Pete Smith, the kind and quiet man who did all of the plumbing and electrical work around our farm. Pete had been with us so many times on our farm that I considered him sort of a shirt-tail relative. […]

The New Deal was the real deal

Thursday, December 30, 2010

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” When Franklin D. Roosevelt used these words in the first hundred days of 1933, he was introducing the U.S. to a new way of thinking. In the previous few years, […]

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