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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, […]

Market Monitor: Another leg up in the grain market

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Six weeks ago, and a little more, we finally made the big highs in corn and soybeans. I had been impatient, had predicted highs several times, and was finally right. As prices broke there were, as usual, technicians who said there was still room on the chart for one more leg up. Leg up Then […]

All About Grazing: Reviewing 2010 Pasture Growth

Thursday, December 23, 2010

For me, December has always been a time of reflection. It is the end of the year and I take time to look over my records to see what went well, what flopped and what I still need to work on. One set of records I have access to are the pasture measurements from the […]

One wish: Growing families and memories

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Snow falls, blown by a furious wind, as I write this. Christmas carols play in a continuous loop, a joyous refrain for all to enjoy. My wish for all would be, of course, for a very merry Christmas: Let there be a special gift for everyone under a twinkling tree. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for […]

Trying to build agriculture’s future in Carroll County

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Agriculture is the number one industry in Carroll County and Ohio — and Carroll County residents are working to ensure its future. But it takes collaboration and input from all.

Do you hear what I hear?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

When I was a kid music class consisted of a set of finger cymbals and a teacher who was valiant in her efforts to teach us to sing Michael Row Your Boat Ashore — in round. Today’s music instructor is charged with teaching music appreciation, overseeing a stage performance, and convincing a reluctant student body […]

Conservation loan gives farmers credit for conserving resources

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hello Again! As I pulled out of the lane today I was in awe of the beautiful ice-covered trees and fresh white covering of snow on the fields and fence post. It made me recall the days at home when we kids would hope for those snow days to grab a cookie sheet and head […]

The ‘level playing field’ of trade

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Some phrases just make the heart flutter. “Call the vet,” was one that always tripped my father’s ticker. “Level the playing field of trade,” has the same effect on me. Level the playing field of trade. Strategy Hmm, is it a negotiating strategy, a goal, an ideal? Wait a second; don’t I want an unlevel […]

Feral cats not family or environmentally friendly

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hunters and birders may seem unlikely allies, but they share many of the same conservation goals. One is maintaining healthy populations of birds and mammals for viewing and hunting. Free roaming feral cats pose a serious threat to this objective. The University of Nebraska Extension service has just published a review of the feral cat […]

Minnie, the red and gold reindeer, saved Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

(Author’s Note: The following story is the only work of fiction I’ve ever written and was originally published in the Farm and Dairy on Dec. 24, 1992. I based my characters on real people: Lig, the elf who took care of the reindeer, was named for Dr. John Liggett, DVM. Sal, the Farmall advocate, after […]

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