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Global energy policy like cheap food?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Economists like the markets to fix the world’s ills, so maybe that’s why so many of them back the cap-and-trade solution to greenhouse gas reduction. After all, why not use market signals to motivate action? I’m a free trader at heart and supporter of the market economy, but I’m not convinced cap and trade will […]

The film The Informant is not funny

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The two, almost-funny moments in The Informant!, Hollywood’s comedic treatment of the deadly serious, 1995 price fixing scandal at Archer Daniels Midland, failed to amuse the 60 or so viewers sharing the theater with the lovely Catherine and me Sept. 20. Both passed with nary an audible laugh, guffaw or snort. That’s funny because each […]

Summer steak sales equal CAB record

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A steak sizzling on the grill is to a consumer what a cash register cha-ching is to a grocer. Despite economic conditions, those sweet sensations were in the air this summer as demand for high-quality beef cuts picked up for the world’s largest branded beef program. Records The Certified Angus Beef brand set repeat records […]

Does anyone remember Who?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who remembers Who? And although I didn’t plan to write about Who — the list on the kitchen table on which I jot notes about maybe column-fodder has a number of entries — a telephone call has made it necessary for those thoughts to wait. I first wrote about Who in the Feb. 14, 2008, […]

Amish sisters are sweet and innocent

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A knock came on my door as I worked in the kitchen one late afternoon this past week. I was startled because I had not heard a car come down our long lane. I was happily surprised to see that it was the oldest of the three sisters who walk through our farm on their […]

It is corn silage pricing season

Thursday, October 1, 2009

You don’t have to look outside to know what season it is in an Extension office. You can tell from the questions that come in. It is now corn silage pricing season. How to price corn for silage as a crop standing in the field is a regular and perennially challenging question. The optimal answer […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Oct. 1, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers held a meeting Sept. 19 at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Barnesville. The fair was discussed. This was the last meeting of the club year. The new club year will begin Oct. 10 with a meeting at 10 a.m. at the church and an election […]

Should you feed hay now or wait?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

There are a limited number of days left in our growing season here in Ohio and the opportunity to increase your dry matter as stored feed or stockpiled feed before winter is winding down quickly. The plants your livestock graze the next few weeks will impact those plants’ growth not only now, but possibly next […]

Grain markets: Are we swimming into new crop?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

There has been a lot of grain market volatility to confuse things. One day, we were up 4 cents and the next down 4 cents. The optimist says we are going higher, the pessimist says we are going lower, and the realist says the market did nothing for those two days.

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.

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