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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 […]

I’m the boss of me, the slacker

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The best thing about the writing life is, of course, the commute — mainly that there isn’t one. I work from home. I can, if I choose, work in my bathrobe. The only problem with “being my own boss” so to speak is that I have such a close, personal relationship with my employee (also […]

The law of averages and cheap food

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our most basic need is food — we can’t alive without it — and we want to spend less money to buy it.

Slow crop harvest, but a fast market

Thursday, November 5, 2009

December corn futures gained 9 cents in the last five minutes of trade Monday. Traders seemed to be reacting to fears of lack of harvest progress. USDA released new harvest numbers after the close that seemed to confirm the bullishness. December futures had a 24-cent range from high to low Monday. We had a spike […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 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).

Deermice link plants to predators

Thursday, November 5, 2009

When I checked my nest boxes this week, about half were still occupied — by mice. When I gently probed the mass of dried leaves with a stick, it was only a moment before I had a mouse running down my leg. Deermice and white-footed mice commonly use nest boxes intended for cavity-nesting birds, and […]

Antitrust chief, others moving ahead

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Almost before her first cup of government coffee cooled, Christine Varney, the antitrust chief at the U.S. Department of Justice since April 20, tossed the Bush Administration’s antitrust guidelines — described as toothless — out the window. New collusion cop There’s a new collusion cop in town, she explained May 9, and DOJ’s “Antitrust Division […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hello friends, Fall is a wonderful time of year to appreciate how beautiful Ohio and Pennsylvania can be. As my farmers have been working long hours to try to complete their harvests, the fall colors have been just spectacular this year. Of course, fall weather can be different from day to day, too. I know […]

How to manage employees in the age of social media

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Have you ever been to the grocery store or the gas station and had the clerk talk on their cell phone or text a message while trying to take care of you? It has happened to me and you’ve probably had it happen to you or maybe witnessed it happen to someone else. Have you […]

Time will forever bring change

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One of my very first columns written for Farm and Dairy centered around the topic of my excited impatience as I awaited the birth of my second baby. That baby girl just turned 21 a couple of days ago. I have come to realize that parenting is very much like living through the seasons. As […]

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