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Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project proves successful

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project is successful The idea set forth to Holmes SWCD and others was relatively straightforward, yet innovative. The Alpine Cheese Company in Holmes County needed to expand its production to meet the market demands of Jarlsberg Cheese, of which they are the sole manufacturer in the U.S. In […]

It is a new year with new committee members

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Greetings! Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected county committee members. Their responsibilities begin immediately as the first official meeting this month will require the necessary tasks to organize the new committee. Most importance, they will nominate a committee advisor to speak on behalf of underrepresented groups. Currently, the committee consists of three to […]

One plan, three men and 50 years

Thursday, January 13, 2011

When Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry and Fred Kirschenmann get together, conversation, laughter and ideas flow. Other than a closeness in age, the three appear to have little in common. Jackson is a Ph.D. plant breeder and founder, in 1976, of The Land Institute, a Salina, Kan., nonprofit dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to food’s uncertain […]

The true behind-the-scenes farm story

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Through the years, I have occasionally strayed off the strictly educational or informative path in this column. It is happening again today… because late Saturday night we lost a heifer. Just three weeks ago, Steve came in and said one of the Holstein heifers in the prefresh pen was going into labor (it was, of […]

Finally, some news comes to grain markets; awaiting USDA reports

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We wait with abated breath the results of USDA’s research to see if the trading of the last couple of months makes sense. Then, we anticipate the reaction to the reports.

Here’s to those who work for a living

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You know what our problem is? “We’ve spent decades trying to distance ourselves from traditional notions of Work,” says Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe.

Farmers, embrace your link in the food chain

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Farmers need to embrace their new/old role in the food chain, engage with eaters everywhere through outreach and education. We should “own” the food issue.

Great Lakes offers great opportunities for anglers in 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It will be interesting to see what the Great Lakes offer fishermen during the coming months. If last summer serves as a predictor, there will be good news and bad news depending on where, when, and what. For instance, walleye fishing in Lake Erie, the most productive of all the Great Lakes, has been on […]

Cowabunga, Dude! Time management

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It is that time of the year when we reflect on “Wow, where did 2010 go?” or begin to make resolutions or set goals for the new year. It is often said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass. Each of us has 24 hours a day and seven days a […]

Worrying won’t solve life’s problems

Thursday, January 6, 2011

With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes the realization of concerns that never occur to a person during the bliss of youth. When my kids were little, I loved every minute of my time with them. I often wanted to freeze the moment, loving this particular age. I came to realize that every single […]


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