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Another climate change is needed for agriculture

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Does your state (county, borough, village, township, fill in the blank) like its farms? Does it realize the economic impact of agriculture? Is there a welcome mat out for new farms? Do the powers that be understand the value of green space, of a “viewshed,” that a farm contributes? Or is agriculture snubbed and ignored […]

Where is the predicted mild winter?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

As Punxsutawney Phil, sensing that his winter’s snooze is about to be interrupted, begins to twitch in his cozy man-made burrow, I implore you to pay no attention whatsoever to his publicity stunt Feb. 2. He no more knows what he’s talking about than do any other of Mother Nature’s purported prognosticators, with only one […]

FSAA Andy for Jan. 21, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Greetings! Kermit the Frog once said “It ain’t easy being green.” Well Kermit, it ain’t easy trying to comprehend the SUpplement REvenue (SURE) program either! County offices are trying to dig out from under the complex program regulations while questions about the program are piling up. Let’s just talk about some of the basic information […]

Peril of birding: Pointing binoculars in wrong direction

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Of all outdoor activities, birdwatching might seem to be the most innocuous. How can one possibly get into trouble watching birds? Well, earlier this month, a Boston birder was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. The 46-year-old man was birding in a marsh adjacent to some houses. A […]

Armed and maybe dangerous

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It was the men with guns at the door that convinced me more than anything else that I wasn’t living in the suburbs anymore. Thirteen years ago, I faced my first morning alone in my “new” old house by way of crouching low by the door, peering up over the windowsill, as three strange men […]

Feed them right: Proper nutrition vital for beef cows during winter months

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Feeding beef cattle during the winter can be a challenging experience if being profitable is one of your goals. Proper nutrition is a key component for a successful cow/calf operation. Cows go through many physiological changes during a year. The winter/early spring feeding period is one of the most critical times to provide adequate nutrition […]

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).

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