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Living longer may require some green space

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A radio report caught my ear the other day and set me to thinking. A medical study conducted somewhere in Holland concluded that people who are surrounded by even a small patch of forest, lawns or parks are consistently healthier than those who have no green space surrounding their living environments. Well, I have a […]

You can become a Project FeederWatch volunteer

Thursday, December 17, 2009

If you’ve never put out food for wild birds, this column is for you. Perhaps you are motivated personally — you’d like to see if you can attract beautiful winter birds to your backyard. Or perhaps you envy the birds you see in your neighbor’s yard. Or maybe a child has come home from school […]

I can tell you crow tastes like chicken

Thursday, December 17, 2009

One of the worst meals of my life occurred on a stormy June evening in the early 1980s at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. The main course that night was a stringy, tasteless filet of me that my bosses at Successful Farming magazine served up to an unhappy advertiser, Allis Chalmers. The sin that put me on […]

December is a great time to get cozy with our financial numbers

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy holidays to all of our northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. It is hard to believe 2009 is coming to a close already. I know many dairy farmers are glad to see this horrific dairy price year come to a close. I sincerely hope 2010 will be a much better year for milk […]

The gifter that keeps on giving very badly

Thursday, December 17, 2009

There is a long-accepted seasonal stereotype that says that women love to give amazing gifts and men are incapable of doing so. Chuckles abound each year as commercials, sitcoms and general conversation all imply males would happily — and haplessly — give vacuum cleaners and dish soap as Christmas gifts if our nation’s jewelers didn’t […]

Improve pasture quality (and milk) with legumes

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dairy cows fed high-quality forage produce more milk with less supplementation than cows fed lower-quality forage.

Hazard A Guess: Week of Dec. 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 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).

Bonnie’s wish list for Santa Claus

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The most beloved Christmas poem of all time begins with the phrase “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Although it speaks of a family’s preparation for Santa’s visit, here at the office we are on the eve of a new year and there is the usual hustle and bustle to plan the 2010 calendar, review 2009’s […]

Take it to the non-bank bank

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It was more a wavering non-waiver than another government oldie-but-goodie, a non-denial denial. Still, nothing in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Dec. 1 delay to grant the ethanol industry’s request to boost the current 10 percent ethanol limit in gasoline to 15 percent suggested it won’t happen — and soon. “It is vitally important that the […]

Books for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list

Thursday, December 10, 2009

If you’ve got a few outdoor enthusiasts on you holiday gift list, a good book is always appreciated. Recommended Here are some recent titles that I recommend. – Shadow of the Alleghenies: the Wilderness Adventure of a Frontiersman and his Wolf Pup by Edwin D. Michael (2009, $22 ppd., Quarrier Press; order from Ed Michael, […]

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