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The great backyard bird count continues

Thursday, February 4, 2010

On Feb. 12-15, birders all across the country will participate in the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. This popular citizen science project is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the world of wild […]

Words can be deadly: Bullies can go digital, beyond the classroom

Thursday, February 4, 2010

“Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” I have always hated that fable. Words do hurt. Words can kill. Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Prince chose to take her own life rather than deal with what has been characterized as “relentless physical and cyber bullying.” Prince was besieged in school, via text […]

Spring can’t come soon enough

Thursday, February 4, 2010

“In February a farm is like a child’s hand, opened and held palm up to show that nothing is concealed in it. Without leaves to veil the farm buildings and fields, the naked facts of a farmer’s work habits and holdings are revealed even to the casual traveler passing along the road. Did the farmer […]

Is your child ready for farm chores?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

While recently catching up on some reading, I saw an article that caught my interest. It was titled “Is your child ready for farm chores?” Since I work with dairy youth programs, this topic captured my curiosity. However, as a parent who had regularly enforced chores upon our sons, I had not posed such a […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 28, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello from Hazard! We heard from only one more reader on Item No. 880, and Robert Dorner of Mansfield, Ohio, is thinking along the same lines as reader Joyce Talbert in last week’s issue: It’s a jar opener (or tightener). Scott Moody, from Albany, Ohio, who sent in the photo and collects kitchen gadgets, wondered […]

Farm program deadlines fast approaching!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello Again! Last minute news! The deadline for accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program is quickly approaching. And that’s putting it lightly. Grassland Reserve Program The deadline for submitting Grassland Reserve Program applications is Jan. 29 for applicants to submit offers for Grassland Reserve Program easement funding in 2010 and Feb. 12 for Grassland […]

Embracing my inner grouch

Thursday, January 28, 2010

You hear all the time about embracing your inner child, but what if what you have is less an inner 8-year-old and more an inner 80-year-old? So to speak I was kind of mature even as a kid, downright stodgy even. Take grammar for instance. There is an attempt by “kids these days” to embrace […]

Workshop focuses on transferring farm to the next generation

Thursday, January 28, 2010

As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed onto the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their […]

I wish Grandma Ruth could run the world

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats One of the greatest life lessons taught to me came on an ordinary day, delivered in a quiet way, and has stayed with me forever. I have passed it along to many others who now stand in the same shoes which I stood […]

NCBA reaches for more checkoff cash

Thursday, January 28, 2010

When the cowboys of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association ride into San Antonio for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 27, the hottest topic of the four-day meeting won’t be stale markets, packer shenanigans or another ground beef recall. No, the biggest bone to chew will be NCBA’s plan to put […]

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