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Farmers, are you asking the right questions?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

You are not alone. Whether or not you realize it, you have a team — your vet, your lender, your extension educator, your nutritionist, your friends, and even another farmer you respect. Ask them the right questions and challenge them to ask you good ones in return.

FSA Andy for Sept. 24, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hello Again! It seems as though “going green” is all the rage. More and more people are looking for environmentally friendly, sustainable and all natural products. But did you know the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been “going green” for many years? Millions of acres of the nation’s natural resources have been improved and preserved […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Sept. 24, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hello from Hazard! All’s quiet on the Hazard-ous front — meaning we haven’t heard boo about Item No. 872 from anyone. Here’s what we told you last week: Item No. 872 comes from Jim Hudkins of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Item No. 872 Now, please don’t tell us it’s a wrench, Jim wants specifics: “I enclose […]

The squirrel and the ‘possum: A story of American agriculture

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I have had bird feeders close to the house for 35 years. The bear tore them down a couple of times a few years ago, and we had to stop feeding for a month. Other than that we have always fed a herd of a few hundred “livestock” as I call them. Regular customers Most […]

Addressing difficult issues on the farm

Thursday, September 24, 2009

You may not be listed as the farm’s primary operator, but as a partner in the operation you may have to be the voice that begins the conversation about the future of the operation. Many times this is a difficult conversation, as it can involve topics such as financial viability, transition of management and control […]

Enjoy the gifts of an early fall

Thursday, September 24, 2009

“I spent the afternoon astraddle the ridge of the new barn-loft roof laying down a ridgecap, a course of overlapping shingles that covers the seam where the shingles meet from each slanting roof face. It would have been difficult not to have been happy up there. The fall migration of monarch butterflies, stunning creatures of […]

The father of the Green Revolution

Thursday, September 24, 2009

If pushed to guess, I suspect that few of the lengthy, laudatory obituaries published the week after his Sept. 12 death would have pleased Norman E. Borlaug, the Iowa farm boy turned hunger fighter. Borlaug, after all, wasn’t into flowers or flowery words. He was a plain-spoken, dirt-on-the-shoes plant breeder whose semi-dwarf and rust-resistant wheat […]

Least among us: Weasel common, but seldom seen

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Though most active between dusk and dawn, weasels hunt any time they’re hungry. Their small size and secretive nature, however, make them difficult to observe.

Apology and the fine art of making one

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I don’t, as a rule, look to celebrities to serve as role models for my children. I’m not generally on the lookout for anyone to teach my children how to get arrested for a heroin possession or soliciting, and I have rarely had need for anyone to teach my kids how to lie, cheat or […]

Grain markets: Low prices, but more demand

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two old axioms of the grain trade cropped up in conversations last week. One is that a big crop keeps getting bigger. The other is that the cure for low prices is low prices.

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