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Packin’ it in

Thursday, April 1, 2010

If I should ever have to evacuate in one of those horrible “you have 10 minutes to take anything of value and get out” scenarios, you will find me out in the car. I’m going to let my husband handle it all. I’d get out with one toothbrush and vase. Mr. Wonderful could probably fit […]

Birding help: Walks, mentors, Cornell Web site, “Birding by Ear” discs may help beginners

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Every year, just as spring migration begins, I get letters from readers who have decided to learn to identify birds by ear. “Where do I begin?” they ask. Start with what you know. Though you may not know the names of the most common singers, you undoubtedly have heard at least ten species many times. […]

FSA’s guaranteed loan program assists farmers, agricultural lenders

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello again, friends; The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. The guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender such as a bank, savings and loan, or Farm Credit. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and […]

R & P Republic tractors highlight early ag manufacturing

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

As everybody knows, there were many, many manufacturers who tried their hand at building tractors back when the world was young. Most of these didn’t last long; their early demise was caused by competition, poor design, lack of reliability, high cost, lack of working capital or bad economic times. Republic Many of the early automobile […]

So what is a conservation district, and what can it do for me?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What is a soil and water conservation district? For the life of me, I can’t come up with a simple answer.

Give me that merit badge, give me that badge

Thursday, March 25, 2010

If I have learned anything from my years as a Scout Parent — first with Cub Scouts (cute) and then Boy Scouts (cute, but gangly and sometimes smell funny) — it is that all the wrong people are earning badges around here. If you are a scout parent you soon learn that the boys earn […]

Bluebirds make a comeback with some human help

Thursday, March 25, 2010

As winter relaxed its grip earlier this month, six consecutive days of bright sunshine and blue skies left no doubt that spring was on its way. Red maple buds burst open, and a pair of eastern bluebirds began visiting a nest box on the edge of the yard. They were just beginning to investigate and […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of March 25, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 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).

If you’re hiring a teen on your farm, know the law

Thursday, March 25, 2010

With the school year coming to a close in another month or so, many students will be looking for employment on farms. But are all students allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, apply chemicals, or work unlimited hours? For the most part, the answer is no. Know the law As an employer, it is your […]

FSA youth loan program gives teens a helping hand

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hello again, The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to help rural youth establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to their participation in 4-H or FFA, and the project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their adviser and parents. The project must produce sufficient […]

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