When Thomas Paine wrote those famous words, he inspired Americans to continue their battle for independence from England. The late 1700s were certainly a different time than today, but the quote speaks to many of us in agriculture right now. These are the times that try men’s souls. Farming in 2009 has been enough to […]
Hello Again! I hope you are sorting out the farm bills and FSA papers as need be as we wrap up the end of this year. As many of you are meeting with your landlords over holiday cookies and milk, make sure you have your lease agreements up to speed and that you notify your […]
A radio report caught my ear the other day and set me to thinking. A medical study conducted somewhere in Holland concluded that people who are surrounded by even a small patch of forest, lawns or parks are consistently healthier than those who have no green space surrounding their living environments. Well, I have a […]
If you’ve never put out food for wild birds, this column is for you. Perhaps you are motivated personally — you’d like to see if you can attract beautiful winter birds to your backyard. Or perhaps you envy the birds you see in your neighbor’s yard. Or maybe a child has come home from school […]
One of the worst meals of my life occurred on a stormy June evening in the early 1980s at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. The main course that night was a stringy, tasteless filet of me that my bosses at Successful Farming magazine served up to an unhappy advertiser, Allis Chalmers. The sin that put me on […]
Happy holidays to all of our northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. It is hard to believe 2009 is coming to a close already. I know many dairy farmers are glad to see this horrific dairy price year come to a close. I sincerely hope 2010 will be a much better year for milk […]
There is a long-accepted seasonal stereotype that says that women love to give amazing gifts and men are incapable of doing so. Chuckles abound each year as commercials, sitcoms and general conversation all imply males would happily — and haplessly — give vacuum cleaners and dish soap as Christmas gifts if our nation’s jewelers didn’t […]
Dairy cows fed high-quality forage produce more milk with less supplementation than cows fed lower-quality forage.
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 most beloved Christmas poem of all time begins with the phrase “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Although it speaks of a family’s preparation for Santa’s visit, here at the office we are on the eve of a new year and there is the usual hustle and bustle to plan the 2010 calendar, review 2009’s […]