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Where do these people come from?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I’m not a Scrooge, really, I’m not. So I can’t blame it on the upcoming holiday season. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old(er). Or maybe I just need more chocolate. But for whatever the reason, I seem to be getting less tolerant of some of the news that crosses my desk. For example, there […]

Crop harvest drags into Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

USDA released the Sunday night Crop Progress Report Monday after the close, and it was not pretty. Harvest still drags on, and rain coming into the Midwest this week will not help. Thanksgiving will come and go with corn, and even soybeans, still in the fields. One of the biggest traditions of my youth was […]

Put more black ink on your bottom line

Thursday, November 12, 2009

If Walmart were in the cattle business, it would probably serve as an operating definition of “least-cost producer.” People might refer to its cowherd enterprise as the model for slashing expenses. That’s the way to make more money in this margin business, isn’t it? The simple economic equation is income minus expenses equals profit, so […]

Did you blink? It is indeed all gone

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Somebody — was it you? — really, really blinked from the time you were warned that if you did it would all be gone! — because since I issued that warning just two weeks ago it is indeed totally all gone! And now that daylight saving time has also gone, the amount of light diffused […]

HSUS trash talk? Bring it on!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We need to get ready for the coming HSUS battle. Their war chest is deep and their p.r. machine is slick. Issue 2 was a cake walk compared to what’s coming.

FSA Andy for Nov. 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hello Again! I know you have been working hard to finish harvesting, but now is the time to plan ahead concerning your 2010 crops. At your local FSA office, you can buy an insurance policy on any of your perennial crops that are not insurable by Federal Crop Insurance. This program is called the Noninsured […]

Now is the time to plan for 2010

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now that the time has changed, my thought process has changed to planning for the winter and into next year. I went into a mild panic last weekend when I was feeding thinking I would need a lot more hay than I have. When I went into the house and wrote it down, I realized […]

Pause to honor, and thank, veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Every Veterans Day should be a massive event, a day of total reverence and celebration for those who have given so much for so many.

Only the land lasts forever

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The final Saturday in October swept me three hours south for lunch with my parents and nearly-new grandniece and, later that Halloween afternoon, backwards about 40 years for visits with some ghosts on the farm of my youth. It began as an afternoon drive from my parents’ home in town to the Bottoms, that black […]

Let me know why compulsory national service is a bad idea

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Writer and historian Wallace Stegner called our national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than at our worst.” That was the message of the recent Ken Burns series that aired on PBS (www.pbs.org/nationalparks), and I couldn’t agree more. Watching this 12-hour documentary brought […]

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