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Considering timber harvest? Do your homework

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Each weekday morning, I travel the 18 miles to my office at the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Most often, I use this quiet time to focus on the day’s agenda or plot my strategies for long-term projects and programs. However, efforts to plan my day have been interrupted over recent months by observations […]

Trade talks are stuck in past

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The surest way to confirm if anyone in Washington, D.C. is telling you the truth about trade is to watch their lips: If they move, they’re stretching the blanket one way or the other. Of course, not many lips have moved on trade last year or this year. Not a priority Indeed, on the White […]

Market Monitor: Rain on plain starts to make grain

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I laid awake for a long time in the middle of the night, listening to the rain. I am not sure why I do that. It should be a soothing sound to put me to sleep. Memories Maybe I am listening for wind, with a vestigial memory of the night the elevator blew off the […]

Spring brings bluebirds … and flies

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Now the foaming white froth of the perfumed locust blossoms has been spent and honeysuckle has taken over the scent waves. The erratic spring weather with abundant rain — understatement! — has some of us feeling as though we are living in a tropical rain forest. In my pasture, buttercups and grasses are not quite […]

Keys to protecting groundwater

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Water has been endlessly circulating since the earth was formed. Groundwater is a key part of this continuous cycle as water evaporates, forms clouds and returns to the earth as precipitation. Precipitation that soaks into the ground and is stored in underground geological water systems called aquifers is known as groundwater. Springs, lakes, and other […]

A nature lover’s guide to a summer reading list

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Whether your summer leisure time is spent on the beach, in the mountains, or on the back porch, a good book is a great companion. Recommendations Here are a few recent titles that I recommend. The only work of fiction on the list, Anthill: A Novel by E.O. Wilson, (2010, W.W. Norton & Co., $24.95) […]

June was cultivator, not dairy, month

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Yes, of course, June is Dairy Month. And National Ice Tea Month, National Candy Month, National Soul Food Month, National Smile Month and National Turkey Lovers Month. With 100 or so Holsteins on the farm of my youth, however, each year, month, week and day started and ended with dairy, so June by any other […]

Off with their head(phones)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dear offspring, As we kick off the celebration of summer vacation, I feel it only fair to tell you: We are taking you off life support. All right, not life support, but electronic devices, which to your minds may be the same thing.

Everyone is responsible for land use

Thursday, June 3, 2010

“Who’s responsible?” This is the question many landowners will ask us at some point during their property ownership years. Who allowed this to happen? Why didn’t or doesn’t somebody do something about it? Whether the problem occurs on their property or to an adjacent neighbor’s property, the old axiom screams out, who’s responsible? At our […]

FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello Again! Many farmers count on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for program guidance and assistance. Now, they have a chance to help us out! FSA is currently seeking election candidates to serve on our local County Committees (COC). Serving on the COC is an excellent way to represent and protect the needs of your […]

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