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Sleeping with the fishes

Thursday, September 10, 2009

If mega-biz is to be believed, the new antitrust chief in the Obama Department of Justice, Christine A. Varney, is really a hurricane whose chief ambition is to demolish the very foundations of modern American business. If the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, Varney’s first public comments on antitrust, offered in May 12 […]

Preparing for corn silage harvest

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cooler temperatures are upon us, the Farm Science Review is just a few days away, as are the best seven days in September — the week-long Tuscarawas County Fair. This also means that corn silage harvest is nearly ready to begin. The following information was provided by Bill Weiss and Mark Sulc, OSU Extension specialists, […]

The miracle of monarch migration

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Changing day length bird migration triggers bird migration because photoperiod is the only absolutely reliable environmental cue that signals birds that keeps seasonal time. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have already begun to leave, and chimney swifts and nighthawks are gathering in evening skies as they prepare to head south. Monarch butterflies Even more remarkable than bird migration, […]

Grain marketing rules have changed

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

We can’t go back to the markets of 2008.

Obama school speech furor: You can tell it was a slow news day

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

“Parents, if you want to worry about what’s going on in our public schools, you’ve got a lot more to be concerned about than our president attempting to encourage your child to get an education.”

Daisy was a member of the family

Thursday, September 3, 2009

When my daughter, Emma, turned 9 (she’s now 20), she asked for only one thing — a yellow Lab puppy. She had been reading about Labs in library books for weeks, and she knew this was the dog for her. I tried to talk her into a shelter dog, but it had to be a […]

OSU Extension to offer three-day basic cheese making workshop

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio dairy farmers. OSU Extension is saying cheese again! OSU Extension is pleased to be sponsoring a three-day basic cheese making course geared for local dairy, sheep or goat milk producers. This course has been offered five times in Ohio with great results. We are extremely pleased that Peter Dixon, one of the […]

Dealing with my own little print war

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Having appeared in print for years now, you would think I would have both a deep understanding and an acquired immunity to the craziness that come over people when it comes to seeing their name in print. Alas, you would be wrong. Quite by accident and through no fault of my own I became embroiled […]

Were you prepared for the dry spell?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Earlier in the year there were several articles in this column addressing planning ahead for the possibility of drought. In April, Mark Sulc warned us to “Plan now for the summer slump,” which is the time of slower growth we experience every summer. In his article he addressed the importance of not overgrazing your pastures, […]

The company you keep says it all

Thursday, September 3, 2009

In the long, expensive battle fought by U.S. farmers to make corn-based ethanol the premier alternative fuel in America, few Washington influence peddlers fought harder and spent more in opposition to it than the American Petroleum Institute. In fact, you name the biofuel issue and API and its fat checkbook made it into a bare-knuckle […]

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