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I coulda’ been a contender

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rare is the new year that begins without me wondering how I took a wrong turn on the road of life and became a writer rather than a highly paid, universally respected, heaven-bound meatpacking executive. Of course it wasn’t my fault; my farming parents bear complete responsibility. Great shortcoming I mention this great shortcoming on […]

This is the year of the fainting goat

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ringing in 2010 with our house filled with exuberant friends, I couldn’t help but feel joyous and hopeful about starting a whole new decade. I have read that 2010 is the year of the tiger in Chinese lore. Here on our farm, 2010 will likely be remembered as the year of the fainting goat. Each […]

Meatballs and butchers are hot!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top food trends of 2010: The last time I checked, farming had something to do with food, so I wanted to know what was tapped to be “hot” this year, and whether or not farmers could benefit.

2009 Income tax issues: A professional may be your best bet

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Most dairy producers were glad to see 2009 come to a close and are looking forward to a better dairy economy this year. Even though many farm families are facing net operating losses, income tax management is still an important issue that should be high on the 2010 “to-do”. Tax concerns. Why are income taxes […]

Grain market bounces into the new year

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In my grandmother Faragher’s Manx household was the tradition of the “Qualtagh.” The qualtagh, the first visitor to your home in the New Year, was a harbinger of the household fortunes for the year. A young, vigorous man was as good as it gets. A crusty, broken down old farmer meant you should dig a […]

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hello Again! Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected county committee members. Their responsibilities begin immediately, as the first official meeting this month will require the necessary tasks to organize the new committee. Of most importance, they will nominate a committee adviser to speak on behalf of under-represented groups. Currently, the committee consists of […]

There is joy in new beginnings

Thursday, December 31, 2009

There is joy in new beginnings, no matter how many new year celebrations we might have under our belt. This, for me, has been one of the most exhilarating and joyous years of my life. So many times, we cannot put our lives in perspective until we are allowed to view it all in retrospective. […]

“A consistently dour columnist…”

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Come on, you don’t want to end this year reading what an aging aggie like me thinks the “Best Stories of 2009″ are. Easy as it might be — health care, global warming, cap-and-trade, Uncle Honey… What, I already wrote about all those things? OK, how about what you wrote on what I wrote to […]

The silly season is upon us

Thursday, December 31, 2009

In NASCAR the so-called “silly season” is that period at the end of the year when teams are realigning. Drivers are going to other teams, teams are changing leadership or swapping drivers. People are hired, fired. Everyone knows this next year is the year. Just ask the Cubs or, for that matter, the Indians. Silly […]

If you see a hummingbird, tell officials

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas for Ohio and Pennsylvania Birders Pennsylvania and Ohio birders must have been particularly good this year. In mid-December they got an early Christmas gift. On almost the same day, an Allen’s hummingbird showed up in Holmes County, Ohio and Lancaster County, Pa. It was a first for both states. Over the last 12 years […]

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