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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).

Christmas Crow

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My husband and I are polar opposites in many, if not most, ways. He is athletic. I have two left feet and no more competitive edge than your average tree sloth. I am a grudge holding introvert. He is gregarious and forgiving. He is a math whiz. I find that even fifth grade mathematics causes […]

Keep pasture management farm records

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another new year has arrived with the usual mix of interesting weather for livestock producers. As we begin our attempt to keep those New Year’s resolutions, we are constantly faced with challenges and temptations. I would like to suggest at least one resolution that you attempt to keep this year. That resolution is keeping better […]

Take time to read your holiday cards

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Now is the time to gather up all the beautiful, humorous, thoughtful, pictorial, etc. etc. greeting cards you’ve received since the holiday season began. Put them in a neat pile, pour a cup of coffee, select a few of the yummy cookies you’ve been given, and look at each card and read each note. Marvel […]

What farmers, families were reading 60 years ago

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I was just looking through the January 1950 issue of Farm Journal magazine (cover price: 20 cents), and here’s what farmers and their wives and kids were reading 60 years ago. “Farm labor costs are coming down and efficiency is going up. Smart farm hands will hang onto good jobs. Hogs will make money for […]

Easy ways to resolve to make a difference in 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Now that the holiday season is history and life is getting back to normal, resolve to make a difference this year. Resolutions Here’s a list of resolutions to consider. Each is relatively easy, and most will save a few dollars over the course of the year. – Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees […]

I coulda’ been a contender

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rare is the new year that begins without me wondering how I took a wrong turn on the road of life and became a writer rather than a highly paid, universally respected, heaven-bound meatpacking executive. Of course it wasn’t my fault; my farming parents bear complete responsibility. Great shortcoming I mention this great shortcoming on […]

This is the year of the fainting goat

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ringing in 2010 with our house filled with exuberant friends, I couldn’t help but feel joyous and hopeful about starting a whole new decade. I have read that 2010 is the year of the tiger in Chinese lore. Here on our farm, 2010 will likely be remembered as the year of the fainting goat. Each […]

Meatballs and butchers are hot!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top food trends of 2010: The last time I checked, farming had something to do with food, so I wanted to know what was tapped to be “hot” this year, and whether or not farmers could benefit.

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