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Farmers should be honest, open about what they do

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Talk is cheap but words have meaning. In a mid-January speech to the 400 or so farmers, vendors and state officials at the 10th annual Minnesota Organic Conference in St. Cloud, I spent most of my hour talking about words like “elitist,” “educate,” “farmer,” “producer,” “customer” and even “mule.” Attack I thought the talk went […]

Farms offer stress relief to friends, family

Thursday, February 11, 2010

“Speak gently — it is better far to rule by love than fear; speak gently, let not harsh words mar the good we might do here. Speak gently, love does whisper low, the vows that true hearts bind; and gentle friendship’s accents flow, affection’s voice is kind. Speak gently to the young, for they will […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Feb. 11, 2010

Thursday, February 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).

The time to plant may be now

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The time to plant may be now. With weather like we are having, you may think this is a crazy statement, but it is time to sow seed in our pasture and hay fields. Frost seeding There is a method called “frost seeding” where you apply seed to the ground and the freezing and thawing […]

An ordinary life

Thursday, February 11, 2010

His was, by all accounts, an ordinary life. I first met him when he was nearly 70, and I was not yet 30. He was a quiet, Mennonite man who enjoyed reading — and writing — poetry in his spare time. I was an newlywed expecting my first baby. I wrote nothing remotely close to […]

Yellow Tail wine donation to HSUS incurs farmers’ wrath

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

An amazing thing happened last week while you were busy milking, feeding, repairing, resting or doing whatever other chores keep farmers busy in bleak midwinter. An army of “agvocates” — farm advocates — were on their computers creating a ruckus on your behalf. And it was an online vocal maelstrom that spread like wildlife, finding […]

Squirrels know persistence pays off in the end

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In January, I did most of my wildlife watching through my office windows. Though the bird feeders were always busy, I also noticed a frenzy of activity among the gray and fox squirrels that inhabit the nearby woods. Chase begins On all but the coldest and snowiest days, I could count on seeing two squirrels […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Feb. 4, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 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).

FSA Andy for Feb. 4

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hi, Again! It is that time of year again to update everyone with some old information. The following are some reminders that will help you stay in compliance with program regulations throughout the year. Payment limitation requirements. USDA payments are subject to producer eligibility and payment limitation provisions. After applicable forms have been filed to […]

Do you know where Remi might be?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

If you are not a “dog person” you might as well turn the page. But if you are one of those who consider your dog, be he or she a purebred or mixed breed, an important member of your family, you’ll understand the ongoing heartache of Tom Brugnaux of Poland/Boardman and Cindi Hamrock of Austintown […]

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