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Backup, backup, backup: It may be the easiest way to survive a disaster

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last Thursday, a tornado laid a path of destruction through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center campus and surrounding community. In light of all the destruction, the true blessing was the minimal injuries to people and animals, especially with the Wayne County Fair wrapping up just down the road. Total cost Considerable time will […]

No time to waste: It’s time to buy a duck stamp

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Though I’ve never hunted waterfowl, every year as fall approaches I buy a duck stamp. I get mine at a post office, but they can also be purchased online ( or at larger outdoor stores. That $15 is the best conservation investment I make each year. Plus I get a collectable piece of miniature wildlife […]

The days of buses, bullies and books

Thursday, September 23, 2010

By mid-September, most children west of the Ohio have a month of the new school year already on the books. That means some young scholar right now is discovering the beauty of the Pythagorean Theorem, trying to remember what “is” is in Spanish and wishing he or she didn’t have to get on that big, […]

Market Monitor: Whoa, Baby, Hot! Hot! Hot!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One of our family stories involves number one son in a restaurant tasting his soup. The attractive girl going by our table was surprised to hear a 12-year old blurt out, “Whoa, Baby, Hot! Hot!” I thought of that yesterday as I watched the attractive corn prices go by my screen. I have to admit […]

Notes on whooping cranes and hummingbirds

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced plans to reintroduce a non-migratory flock of endangered whooping cranes in Louisiana. If this proposal is approved, the reintroduction could begin in early 2011. There are approximately 1.3 million acres of suitable marsh habitat in southwestern coastal Louisiana. The cranes are not expected to be affected […]

Some things haven’t changed since 1913

Thursday, September 16, 2010

“The idea that the chemical analysis of soil gives an accurate showing as to its needs for fertilization has long since been shown by scientists to be far from true.” — from Making Special Crops Pay by Delbert Utter While reading through this little book, which was evidently one of a series in The Practical […]

Loans for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency makes loan funds available each year to help members of underserved groups buy and operate family-sized farms and ranches. FSA’s loan program for socially disadvantaged farmers targets minority groups whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group, […]

Tried and true truck is family

Thursday, September 16, 2010

“You can set my truck on fire, and roll it down a hill, But I still wouldn’t trade it for a Coupe DeVille — Joe Diffie, “Pickup Man” We came to truck ownership in the usual way. We had stuff we needed to haul and no way to haul it. Thus we bought a truck. […]

Soil and dirt are different things

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I did not come up with the name for this column; The Dirt on Conservation. I don’t know about you but I do NOT conserve dirt at my house. Actually, I resent the time I spend cleaning to get rid of it! There are many other things I would rather be doing like working in […]

What will you say when the media call your farm?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Every farmer and every farm needs to have a public relations plan in place — BEFORE the media come calling.


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