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Main Street banks want reform

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rare is the day when the U.S. Senate Ag Committee lands on the front page of the New York Times. That day, however, came April 20 when the Times, in its running coverage of financial reform in the Senate, highlighted the aggies’ role in that effort: regulation of casino-like derivatives. The story centered on committee […]

What’s so great about Ohio? Let me tell you

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Most women go to the beautician for highlights, lowlights, maybe a deep condition. Me, I go for livestock. There are numerous charming reasons why I know I live in a truly small town, but going in for a quick trim of the split ends and coming home with a goat surely ranks at the top. […]

FSA encourages producers to report prevented planting, failed crop acreage

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! With spring planting upon us, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers to report any prevented planting acreage or failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their local FSA office. Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and replanting […]

I saw it in the newspaper

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Asked once for the source of his best material, American humorist Will Rogers quickly replied that “Everything I know I get from the newspaper.” Were he alive and reading today’s newspapers, Rogers might die laughing. Laughing For example, the Wall Street Journal reported in its April 13 print edition that Cerberus Capital Management LP, a […]

Ramps – the king of stink can be a tastebud treat

Thursday, April 22, 2010

As I worked my way down the steepest portion of the valley, I could see patches of green in the distance. Some were stands of Virginia bluebells just unfurling their leaves, but most were carpets of ramps. Experience Experience has taught me that mid-April is ramp season. When the redbuds and dogwoods bloom and the […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of April 22, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Parenting or grandparenting loud and proud? Keep at it

Thursday, April 22, 2010

As a veteran sports mom, I have logged more than my fair share of time on the sidelines of various youth sporting events. I love to cheer for the kids — mine and anyone else’s. Game time will generally find me clapping sedately as the action unfolds. I find that “nice hustle!” is an all-purpose […]

Spring brings joy of mowing the lawn

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why is it that the first mowing after the long winter is such a pleasure — and how is it that by the end of summer the last mowing can’t come too soon? Climbing aboard the dear old John Deere was such a familiar activity yesterday but I didn’t remember being quite so stiff! Winter […]

May Day, pillowcases and mushrooms

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dancing through the woods, pretending we were gypsies in search of food, my sisters long ago taught me that somewhere around May Day we might stumble upon mushrooms, and a day of play would become an evening for a feast. One particular year, after a very snowy winter followed by a rainy spring, we were […]

Cash flow planning is a good thing

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cash flow planning. These are three words that typically inspire a response along the lines of “ugh,” “why?” or “never done it, never will.” If anything was ever going to happen to change that response, it would be the $1.50 drop in the Class III price from February to March, or more likely, the need […]

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