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FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist beginning farmers and/or members of socially disadvantaged groups to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. Each fiscal year FSA targets a portion of its loan funds to beginning […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of March 18, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 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).

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was a rare occurrence on Guebert farm

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sometime shortly after March 1, winter lost its frozen grip on my backyard and brown blotches of lifeless grass and small mats of soggy hickory leaves began to emerge from their cemetery of snow. It didn’t come as a surprise, though, because for a week the loud, love-sick calls of flaming red cardinals had drifted […]

Duck identification requires more than just effort

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Though most migratory song birds won’t arrive until April or May, March is a great month to tackle waterfowl identification. Binoculars and a field guide are the essential tools. To find waterfowl, visit wetlands — lakes, farm ponds, beaver ponds, flooded meadows, and rivers, especially near dams. These are the habitats ducks frequent as they […]

Set your own milk price by making cheese and marketing it instead

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Farmstead and artisan cheese operations can allow farm families to become price-makers instead of price takers for their milk. A hands-on workshop in Ohio can show you how.

‘In my day…': Generations have tunnel vision

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We will forever see things from our own perspectives based on our generational ties.

Family vacation: Sunny days or bust

Thursday, March 18, 2010

As if Andrew and Rita didn’t do enough damage, pity the great state of Florida which now has the Seabolts to contend with. When the unexpected but delightfully generous offer of a beach-front condo dangled in front of us, we jumped on it. Granted, with the spate of midwestern blizzards that have beleaguered us lately, […]

Winter is sneaking out the back door

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How exciting! A chipmunk on the back porch! And six red-winged blackbirds! And snowdrops pushing through the snow! And robins galore splashing through the mini-lakes left by the melting ice! And a pair of geese establishing their territory, first in a swale in the pasture, then in a coppice where volunteer apple trees provide a […]

Mixed USDA news lowers grain market

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

USDA’s March crop production report says we have the highest ending stocks of 12 years. That cannot be a good thing, comments grain merchandiser Marlin Clark.

Hazard A Guess: Week of March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 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).

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