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Judging teams on Great American Ride

Thursday, October 15, 2009

If you listen to country music, you have heard Toby Keith’s new song, Great American Ride. Over the past couple of months, I have heard it countless times while the 4-H and collegiate judging teams have been traveling to different judging competitions. Strong connection As I was singing along, there was a moment I realized […]

Keys may unlock cellular doors to marbling mysteries

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Knowing more about marbling helps cattlemen produce the best beef. All four National Beef Quality Audits said consumers want more of it, yet many producers manage so as to inhibit rather than enhance marbling. Scientists offered new insights at the Reciprocal Meats Conference this summer. “Three major things affect the beef eating experience: flavor, juiciness […]

Let there be light

Thursday, October 15, 2009

How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Two: One to screw it almost all the way in and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end. How many managers does it take to change a light bulb? We’ve formed a task force to study the problem […]

The history of the Arrel family

Thursday, October 15, 2009

In August of 1976, Elizabeth Arrel Thompson and I strolled across her historic 200-year-old Arrel Farm on Arrel Road in Poland. As we walked, bluebirds flitted around us, perching on fence posts, and we listened to them and to the quiet conversation of her royally bred Hereford cattle that grazed in lush pastures. She quoted […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Oct. 8, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 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).

Marital immunity? Scratch that

Thursday, October 8, 2009

As we tally the final numbers at summer’s end, we find that with the arrival of cooler weather goes what little hope we had that this would be the year of our greatest garden yet. This should come as no surprise since we haven’t had any luck whatsoever with a garden before. This year was […]

We knew cold on our southern Ill. farm

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The distant hickory trees sport golden crowns and the neighbor’s white oak has begun to flash hints of scarlet when the wind rustles its leaves. The slow, colorful drift into winter has begun; the wheels of nature are turning. The wheels of harvest, however, are not. September is gone but nearly every acre of still-green […]

Family dairy farms struggle to hang on

Thursday, October 8, 2009

All my life, I have been certain of one thing. Dairy farmers are not paid nearly enough. Now, this has been true even when others who write about such things were saying that the industry was strong, the price better than it had been for years. I don’t care what the authors of such things […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 8, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hello Friends! This month’s articles from FSA Andy will originate from the beautiful hills of Coshocton County. The Coshocton Fair began on Oct. 2, so between the construction of the 4-H fair booth, the readying of projects and preparing displays, FSA activities almost have become an afterthought. Almost. Being so late in the year, many […]

The fall of the bison population in early America

Thursday, October 8, 2009

When Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, the approximately 1 million Native Americans who occupied North America probably never realized they were lost, much less that they need to be discovered. By 1900, fewer than 250,000 Native Americans remained. There are many reasons for the collapse of the Indian population and culture, but it […]

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