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Back to school: Supplies and demands

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I support schools, staff, and students every day. I am also very much a “suck it up buttercup and do what the teacher says” type of person. Nonetheless, sometimes I have to wonder, if only for a moment, if many of our public schools are TRYING to shoot themselves in the foot or if that […]

Riding shotgun should have been starting shotgun

Monday, September 6, 2010

Start a tractor by firing a shotgun shell? You’ve got to be kidding! However, the post-World War II Field Marshall tractor used just such a method of starting. Marshall, Sons & Co., Ltd., ran the Brittania Iron Works at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, in northeastern England. The firm was founded in 1848 and soon began building threshing […]

Let me call you sweetheart

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Recently, our local newspaper featured a letter to the editor from a reader irate not about the war, economy, unbearably hot weather, unsafe eggs or the plight of the dolphins. No, this reader was driven to distraction by the fact that some retail clerks, waitpersons and sales people refer to her as “sweetheart.” Apparently, using […]

Past is new again in reprinted book

Thursday, September 2, 2010

“For although he was insatiably a farmer and his father and grandfathers and great-grandfathers had been Owen County farmers, he did not live on his farm. When Walter married Clara in 1903, they began housekeeping in the town and never moved to the farm. That was before rural electricity, furnaces, power mowers, good roads, or […]

The Russell & Company put Massillon on the map

Thursday, September 2, 2010

For many years I’ve planned to spend some time at the Massillon Museum and the Massillon Public Library to try to do a story on The Russell & Company. Well, I’ve procrastinated long enough that I don’t have to do that now, as Tom Downing has recently published A History of The Russell & Company […]

Is summer really coming to an end?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just at twilight, the doe and her fawn tiptoe up the back fence line, their ears alert to any move I might make as I watch from the back barn door. I’d left Winnie in the house and was glad I had, or she would have ruined the pastoral picture. This must have been a […]

Fall webworms aren’t really cause for alarm

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Roger Patterson of southwestern Pennsylvania, writes, “Late this summer I have noticed what appear to be tent caterpillar tents in my lilac bushes. I’m fairly certain these are not the tent caterpillars we normally get in the spring. “These late summer munchers are white and hairy. Their tents are similar, and they seem to kill […]

Keep an eye on $40 billion potash pie

Thursday, September 2, 2010

American farmers hardly noticed when, in mid-August, news broke that Australian-based BHP Billiton was willing to pay nearly $40 billion for the world’s largest fertilizer producer, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. The disinterest was honest; after all, who was BHP Billiton and what did it want with a Canadian fertilizer firm in the steady, if […]

We should learn a lesson from Brazil

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A farmer from a temperate zone, such as one who farms in Ohio, looking for the first time at a tropical rainforest would be wrong to think of the landscape as a farming bonanza. Many would think: “Just cut down these trees and let’s plant some useful crops. If this forest is so luxuriant, surely […]

FSA Andy advice on marketing loans

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello again! The Wayne County Fair starts Sept. 11. It remains the largest Junior Fair in Ohio, with over 350 dairy projects, 350 swine projects, 150 lamb projects and 125 steer projects, along with numerous horse, goat, rabbit and poultry projects. This fair is also the least expensive to attend, with gate admission only $2 […]

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