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Count your blessings even on worst days

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be kind by living responsibly and doing right. — Anonymous   While at work Tuesday, I suddenly had a chill and an overwhelming feeling that something was not quite right. We had a bit of a break in the busy schedule and I asked my boss if I could step out to make a phone […]

And this little piggy squealed …

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Roosters crow, cows moo and pigs squeal. To be more precise, proud roosters crow, contented cows moo and, contrary to popular folklore, scared pigs — not happy ones — squeal. In fact, the more scared the pig, the louder the squeal. This simple piece of farm knowledge was confirmed, again, in a squeal-packed, Jan. 5 […]

Where exactly did the word ‘tractor’ come from?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In his comprehensive book about building Hart-Parr and Oliver tractors at Charles City, Iowa, John D. Culbertson wrote the following under the heading “1906”: “One day while writing advertising copy, the sales manager W. H. Williams was struggling with the cumbersome “gasoline traction engine” words when a new word ‘tractor’ flashed into his mind — […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 14, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 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).

Can we bridge the great farm philosophy divide?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Now is the time for agriculture to communicate its advantages, as well as re-evaluate its traditions.

Our first good deed of 2010 on New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On the afternoon of the first day of January, my wife and I scrambled to get a few outdoor chores finished before the snow arrived. The temperature had already dropped into the low 20s, so we were anxious to get things done. As I carried garbage to the compost pile, I noticed that our small […]

Still hot stuff after all these years

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Though not as young as she once was, she still prepares up to three meals a day (and snacks!) without complaint. She manages mountains of holiday cooking as well, rising early to make cinnamon rolls before moving effortlessly to roast turkey and ham. Year-round she is always up for a quick batch of cookies, and […]

Iowa ag titans clash over Leopold Center leader

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Iowa’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture starts 2010 embroiled in controversy over its next director.

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello Again. Changes, changes, changes. That’s what the Farm Service Agency is all about. 2010 is no exception as the new year brings about new regulations. Over the course of the next several months, you will hear about an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification process. More than likely, each local FSA office will inform their […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 7, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 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).

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