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What does ‘quality of life’ really mean on your dairy farm?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The events of the past two years have given us cause to stop and ponder the quality of our life. Along the way, it would be good if we could take time to recognize some life-altering moments that provide the secure notion that dairy farming is indeed sustainable AND that we can feel satisfied with the quality of life that a dairy farm offers.

2010 DCP and ACRE signup will end June 1, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello Everyone! Spring is one of my favorite seasons, especially this year after the cold, white winter we endured. It has never been more exciting to feel the warm sunshine with the cool breeze, to view the new spring growth, and to hear the loud roars of the tractors as the farmers being their spring […]

Dance under the stars and the moon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dance under the stars and the moon. Dance because it is springtime. Dance because you can. As a kid, I knew that other kids had lots more leisure time with their family, and many of them went on far-off vacations that sounded like foreign lands to me. A dairy farm family knew no such things […]

Identifying 11 more warblers made easy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The easy male warblers that I reviewed last week are recognizable by eye and ear to any birder. But going beyond that first level of warbler identification is like taking a graduate course in birding. So here, during birders’ favorite month, are some tips to help you move on to the next level. Chestnut-sided warblers. […]

Confessions of an ‘early’ rummage junkie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

If I’d had any sense I would have started writing for this paper years ago. I could really have used the free subscription. When I tell people my home is furnished in Early Auction, they generally laugh and consider me quite the punster. In reality, that is very nearly true. Nearly every stick of real […]

Fast planting weather, slow grain market

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A month ago, the market was talking about wet weather that would potentially slow the start of planting. Traders built a little delayed-planting premium into prices. Then, the weather changed dramatically, and so did the markets.

Lessons from down under

Monday, May 3, 2010

>I had an opportunity to travel with the Ohio State University Extension sheep team to Australia March 24 –April 9. Our group of 17 consisted of sheep farmers, extension educators, and extension specialists. Australia visit. We had the opportunity to visit a number of sheep farms, a few dairy farms, a couple of vineyards and […]

Construction storm water permit requirements for agricultural projects

Monday, May 3, 2010

What is a Construction Storm Water Permit? I know the answer to this one because for the last five years it has been one of my major responsibilities as an Urban Technician for the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District. A Construction Storm Water Permit is part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National […]

Main Street banks want reform

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rare is the day when the U.S. Senate Ag Committee lands on the front page of the New York Times. That day, however, came April 20 when the Times, in its running coverage of financial reform in the Senate, highlighted the aggies’ role in that effort: regulation of casino-like derivatives. The story centered on committee […]

What’s so great about Ohio? Let me tell you

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Most women go to the beautician for highlights, lowlights, maybe a deep condition. Me, I go for livestock. There are numerous charming reasons why I know I live in a truly small town, but going in for a quick trim of the split ends and coming home with a goat surely ranks at the top. […]

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