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Let there be light in the pork markets

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Dec. 28, 2010, Wall Street Journal story laments the “near-halt” of pork belly trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Bellies were “once among the CME’s most-traded commodities,” but now “the pork belly is in danger of going belly-up.” Indeed, only six belly contracts traded in November 2010. Why? Two chief reasons, say experts cited […]

2011: New Year brings new reading possibilities

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As we head into a new year, nothing beats a good book by the wood stove on a cold winter night. Here are some recent classics I recommend. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose (1996, Simon & Schuster) and Our Natural History: the Lessons of […]

Producers should apply for LDPs for wool, mohair

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hello again, Did you see those two crazy women at the mall pulling the door handles off of that salt-covered gray Blazer? Did you see the older one running around all sides punching the keyless entry? How about the one looking down under for the hidden key and the other one pulling on the tailgate […]

Packing away holiday memories

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I admit it. I love Christmas. I’m not jaded, exhausted or “relieved that it’s over.” There is no bah humbug here. I’m in no danger of being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future because I am already converted. I love Christmas. This year as I mourn the passing of yet another […]

Reflections on 2010, hopes for 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As I sit here in front of my computer, my fingers hovering over the keys impatiently waiting for my brain to come up with a topic to write about, I started to reflect upon all that has happened in the past year. This year has been especially difficult for many of the soil and water […]

Grain markets: Hesitation in corn uptrend?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sell everything you own or have nerve to sell ahead in the next two weeks!

Dear Mr. Apples and Oranges

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another final column of the year and, as is the custom, another year where readers will have the final word. Some of their words are bitter, some are sweet and all arrive with either red hot passion or cold blue conviction. Take the mid-August email that started, “You didn’t do a very good job of […]

Don’t feed deer this winter, doing so causes harm

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back in February, as a brutal winter unfolded, I explained that feeding deer in winter is a bad idea. I quoted experts from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and a veterinarian from the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin. All agreed that supplemental feeding is bad deer management. That […]

Hunting deer is necessary to keep herds healthy

Thursday, December 30, 2010

According to figures just released by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, hunters killed 21,064 deer during the two day bonus weekend gun season held Dec. 18- 19. So far this fall and early winter, 210,361 deer have been taken by archers and gun hunters, down slightly from last year’s 227,748 total for the same time […]

Holidays with Mr. Wonderful

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just read that Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson have split-up. That’s sad. They seemed like a cute couple. Granted, once your husband gets voted “The Sexiest Man Alive” that’s got to throw off the balance of power in a relationship. I would not want to be married to The Sexiest Man Alive. […]


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