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Hazard A Guess: Week of Dec. 17, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Farmers, expect nothing; do something

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

Living longer may require some green space

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

You can become a Project FeederWatch volunteer

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

I can tell you crow tastes like chicken

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

December is a great time to get cozy with our financial numbers

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

The gifter that keeps on giving very badly

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 […]

Improve pasture quality (and milk) with legumes

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dairy cows fed high-quality forage produce more milk with less supplementation than cows fed lower-quality forage.

Hazard A Guess: Week of Dec. 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

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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