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Hazard A Guess: Week of March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 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).

Let’s hope workshop on competition in agriculture produces results

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Farm seed prices almost tripled in four years and, unlike other big input markets, now show no sign of backing — or even letting — up. Columnist Alan Guebert wades in to the ag competition fray.

Renovation mood blows hot and cold

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Exactly one day after agreeing to purchase our ancient wreck of a house, we discovered, as do many young marrieds, that the good Lord had a much bigger project in plan for us: our first baby. This sped up our original “five year plan” of home renovation considerably. Indeed, we spent the next six months […]

Dairy “COW”reers Day: Lots of career options in dairy field

Thursday, March 11, 2010

“Thinking outside of the box.” We use the phrase to refer to a nontraditional idea. Perhaps the exact definition isn’t so important, but we should never underestimate the value of such logic. Maybe the following 4-H dairy program is an example of an idea created outside of the normal parameters. Dairy “COW”reers Day will be […]

Childhood farm chores give kids a solid foundation

Thursday, March 11, 2010

One of my favorite things to do is to chat with a member of our oldest generation about the chores they had to complete each day on the farm. It serves to remind us just how much easier life has become for all of us, and in many cases, this enormous change has come at […]

Bad timing for a weak grain market

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Farmers are facing the need to sell corn for spring cash flow into a weak market that continues lower over the last few days.

Getting his bearings: Timken’s quest to Canton

Thursday, March 4, 2010

How many times have I driven Route 30 through Canton, Ohio, and passed the big Timken factory with its many tin stacks topped by conical caps? Of course, I’m familiar with Timken High School and Timken Mercy Hospital (now Mercy Medical Center) in that city. I know that for many years, the city of Canton […]

When Food Snobs Ruled – and Ruined – the World

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Eating used to be so much fun before food snobs ruled – and ruined – the world. For generations, down home cooking like pies and gravy (or pies WITH gravy) vied for buffet space next to burgers, fries, and an ice cold shake. Sure you always had your fancy types with their steamed salmon and […]

Managing food supply past 2050

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Type the phrase “farmers feeding world” into Google’s search engine and “about 15 million results” pop up in “0.12 seconds.” Some results may surprise American farmers who, in good old U-S-of-A modesty, may have thought they had been, were and will be feeding the world. Not so, suggests the hunter-gatherers at Google. Every farmer matters […]

Dairy farmers have to know when to call it quits

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The cost of production number, combined with the four key numbers outlined in this article, will help each dairy farm define the point where the business is unlikely to be able to bounce back.

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