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We’ve come a long way, or have we?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Is anyone else old enough to remember when the worst epithet you could scream to someone on the playground who was bullying you was, “You think you’re smart!” and that would send the chastened bully slinking to the other side of the playground? Today there is just as apt to be a shooting or a […]

Three keys to achieving sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

(Part II of II) Have you ever tried to sit on a three-legged stool that had one leg shorter than the other two, or was missing a leg? It’s a balancing act that’s not very easy and you can’t do it for very long. So it is with working toward sustainable agriculture. You can’t focus […]

Feeding deer corn is not the best thing to do

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Last week’s column on the perils of feeding deer corn in winter generated more mail than anything I’ve written in years. Many readers were mortified that their good intentions may have done more harm than good. Here are a few excerpts from e-mails from concerned readers. “I only put out a few cups of corn […]

Market Monitor Turbulent market leaves grain buyer scratching his head about future

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I should have learned by now. I have been bitten so often. Once bitten, twice shy. How shy for bitten as much as I have. The thing is, the proper answer for almost any question I get these days should be, “I haven’t got a clue.” I need to get this fixed in my mind […]

Conversion can happen to anyone at any time; ask Judge Richard Posner

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In the ever-expanding galaxy of American jurisprudence, few stars shine as brilliantly as Richard A. Posner, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. The best Everything about Posner screams the best: Yale undergrad, Harvard Law, Supreme Court clerk, Stanford law professor, federal judge since 1981, author of more […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Feb. 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 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).

Parenting? We’re just having a ball

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I am probably the only parent in history who has requested a parent/teacher conference with the playground monitor. Rules Generally, I teach my children that their teachers make The Rules and that, just as in all walks of life, we don’t necessarily have to agree with them to abide by them. I call this the […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hello again, I cannot recall a February with this much snow and indeed in many places record snowfall has been recorded, and the month is not over. I neglected to connect the electric fence after feeding the cows last Saturday morning and upon checking them in the afternoon found my biggest cow had simply stepped […]

Farm still holds power to those who visit

Thursday, February 25, 2010

“As the light faded from the sky, we would build an immense bonfire and settle down to eat steak and roast corn, drink boiled coffee, sing songs and tell stories as the fire roared upward and sent its sparks toward the star-lit hood of the sky. Then the cattle would gather all around us in […]

Is there an agricultural sustainability consensus?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

(Part I of II) What does it really mean to farm sustainably? To be committed to agricultural sustainability? Ask 10 people and you’ll get 10 answers — some of them vigorously in opposition to other answers. There is, however, agreement that sustainability in agriculture is essential for the planet’s health and future — to our […]

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