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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.

FSA Andy gives pointers on the Farm Storage Facility Loan program

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hello again! The wheat harvest was strong, beans pods are filling, corn is beautiful against the September sky and final harvest preparations are on each producer’s mind. This is a good time of year to evaluate the effectiveness of your farm’s storage facility and handling systems and to consider participating in the updated Farm Storage […]

Factory fishing jeopardizes important fish’s future

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Quiz time. Name the most important fish in the sea. If you said tuna, halibut, flounder, marlin or swordfish, you’re wrong, at least according to H. Bruce Franklin. His book, The Most Important Fish in the Sea (2007, Island Press), makes a powerful case that menhaden is the correct answer. If you’re unfamiliar with menhaden, […]

Do you have rare plants on your property?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Do you have rare plants? And what do you do if you have them? These questions will be answered Sept. 18 at the Medina County SWCD Annual Meeting. Guest speaker Judy Semroc, a field representative in the Conservation Outreach Program of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will explain how they help landowners wishing to […]

Remember, people vote, cattle don’t

Thursday, September 9, 2010

During a sudsy session in a college pub nearly 40 years ago, a friend wryly observed that every person lacks one word in what he labeled their “personal vocabulary.” Looking my way, Charlie explained. “For example, Alan, your missing word is ‘height.’” Everyone laughed. Clever. “My missing word,” continued the extroverted friend, “is ‘modesty.’” We […]


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